Published notice: International open invitation to tender no. 1552 (D - Munich)

Purchase of around 700 height adjustable desks, of around 700 mobile drawer pedestals

  1. Awarding Authority:

    The European Patent Organisation (EPO) through the European Patent Office: Headquarters, Erhardtstraße 27, 80469 Munich, Germany.
    The European Patent Organisation is an intergovernmental organisation set up pursuant to the European Patent Convention which entered into force in 1977. At present it has 38 Member States (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom). The executive body of the EPO is the European Patent Office which is charged with the searching and examination of European patent applications and the granting of European patents. It employs approximately 6700 staff at EPO headquarters in Munich, a branch at The Hague/Rijswijk (NL) and sub-offices in Berlin and Vienna (the number of Member States and staff members indicated may change).

  2. Award procedure:

    International open invitation to tender with discretionary award of contract.

  3. Description of the contract:

    1. Purpose of the contract:

      Purchase of around 700 height adjustable desks, of around 700 mobile drawer pedestals

    2. Division into lots:

      Lot I (height adjustable desk)
      Lot II (mobile drawer pedestals)

      The Lots may be awarded separately or jointly

    3. Any deposits and guarantees required:

      Not applicable

    4. Main terms concerning payment:

      Payment shall be effected within 30 days of acceptance of the goods and receipt of an invoice in the correct form

    5. Qualifications required by law:

      Not applicable

  4. Place and period of performance:

    1. Place at which the contract is to be performed:

      The goods are to be delivered in variable allotments to the European Patent Office buildings
      in Munich:

      1. Erhardtstrasse 27, D-80469 Munich
      2. Bayerstrasse 34, D-80335 Munich
      3. Bayerstrasse 115, D-80335 Munich
      4. Landsberger Strasse 30, D-80339 Munich
      5. Grasserstrasse 9, D-80339 Munich

    2. Duration of contract or time limit for delivery or completion of services/work:

      It is intended to conclude a framework agreement that allows the European Patent Organisation to commission the goods in variable allotments between the end of 2012
      and the end of 2017.

  5. Variants:

    Proposals for variants, the effect of which would be to reduce significantly the rights and safeguards of the EPO, are not allowed

  6. Requests for the Procurement Documents and receipt of bids:

    1. Name and address of department from which the Procurement Documents and clarification of the Procurement Documents may be requested:

      European Patent Office
      Central Procurement (4.8.2)
      Tender No.: 1552
      Erhardtstrasse 27
      80469 Munich

      Fax No.: 089-2399-4145

      Procurement Documents will be forwarded upon written, faxed or e-mailed request.

    2. Final date for receipt by the EPO of requests for the Procurement Documents:

      25.07.2012,12.00 hrs (CET)

    3. Final date for receipt by the EPO of requests for clarification:

      08.08.2012; 12.00 hrs (CET)
      Questions must be submitted by letter, fax or e-mail.

    4. Final date for receipt of bids:

      22.08.2012; 12.00 hrs (CET)
      the bid must be provided in its original only

    5. Address to which the requests for clarification and bids must be sent:

      As in point 6(a) above
      Bids must be submitted by post or courier. Bids submitted by fax or e-mail will be excluded.

    6. Language or languages in which requests for clarification and bids must be drawn up:

      The Procurement Documents will be available in German only.

  7. Legal form of the grouping in the event of a joint bid:

    If several bidders submit a joint bid, one must be designated as prime contractor responsible for performance of all the obligations under the contract.

  8. Information and evidence concerning the bidder's financial and economic standing and technical and professional competence:

    Customer and bank references (as provided for in Annex 1 of the General Conditions of Tender - Part 1 of the Procurement Documents).

  9. Period during which the bidder is bound by his bid:

    6 (six) months following the final date for receipt of bids indicated in point 6(d).

  10. Criteria for the award of contract:

    Quality and safety
    Stability, edge finishing, crosspiece, height-adjustment range, accessibility,
    memory function, optional third level, threaded inserts

    Visual appearance
    High-quality finish
    Matching the existing furniture

    Environmental criteria
    Manufacturer's take-back guarantee
    Master switch
    Power consumption (active/stand-by)

  11. Exclusion criteria

    Safety requirements
    Compliance with DIN EN527-1
    Environmental criteria
    Compliance with emission directives:
    Within limits set by the RAL Institute for eco-label RAL-UZ 38 or equivalent European standard
  12. Other information:

    Contract award is expected to take place in October 2012.

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