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The Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) scheme is a qualification system under Article 77 of Directive 2014/25/EU, which is operated by Achilles Information Ltd. The UVDB provides a common system for ...

Qualification system - utilities

This notice is a call for competition


Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name and addresses
Achilles Information Ltd
30 Western Avenue
OX14 4SH
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1235861118
Fax: +44 1235838096
NUTS code: UKJ14

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Joint procurement
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.6)Main activity
Other activity: UVDB mainly covers utility entities in the fields of electricity, gas and water, but also utility entities in the fields of port and airport related activities and postal services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

UVDB (Utilities Vendor Data Base) - works.

II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

Contracts awarded by subscribing utility entities will be mainly for performance within the UK, although contracts may be awarded for other locations.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) scheme is a qualification system under Article 77 of Directive 2014/25/EU, which is operated by Achilles Information Ltd. The UVDB provides a common system for

subscribing utility entities to select suppliers for invitation to participate in regulated procurement procedures. The utility entities which subscribe to the scheme are given at the following URL

The UVDB may also be used in the compilation of tender lists below the EU thresholds. The subscribing utility entities may alternatively make separate calls for competition in OJEU for certain individual requirements.

The UVDB is based on a coding system for works supplies and services against which suppliers are registered on the system. The full list of UVDB product codes is available at the following URL

Vendors not already registered on the UVDB should apply to Achilles using the contact details at section l.1 in order to ensure that their details are available to subscribing utility entities.

Vendors already registered on the UVDB should ensure that their registration details are up to date by visiting and logging in using their unique login details.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.8)Duration of the qualification system
Indefinite duration
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project: Contracts let by one or more of the utility entities subscribing to UVDB may be financed by EU funds.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.1.9)Qualification for the system
Conditions to be fulfilled by economic operators in view of their qualification:

UVDB registration will be the first stage of qualification. You can join via s5jefQVcRZvh8aWV9Qw%3d%3d

Having completed the registration you will be asked to pay your annual subscription to UVDB. The current subscription rates are available at the following URL After your payment, your account will be activated providing you access to the full prequalification questionnaire.

Methods according to which each of those conditions will be verified:

Vendors of products considered to be high risk may be required by individual subscribing utility entities to undergo an independent audit covering health, safety, environment and quality systems under the Verify scheme. Further information, including the types and costs for the different categories of audit are available at the following URL

In appropriate circumstances some utility contracting entities will apply a minimum scoring mechanism.

Verify is not independent and vendors must have a subscription to UVDB.

Scottish Power, SSE plc and Northern Powergrid have an additional level of risk assessment via their own systems, which link directly to UVDB.

Scottish Power:


Northern Powergrid:

III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

Where relevant, such conditions will be stated in the procurement documents.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used
Additional information about electronic auction:

The subscribing utility entities reserve the right to conduct procurements under UVDB using electronic auctions.

IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 034-062557
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:

Contact details for each individual procurement will be provided by the subscribing utility entity in the specific procurement documents.

Information referenced in Section III.2 of this notice will, where relevant, be provided in the specific procurement documents by the subscribing utility entity.

The award criteria as referenced in Section II.2.5 may for certain procurements covered by this notice be on a price-only basis.

Electronic workflows, as referenced in Section VI.2 may be employed by some or all of the subscribing utility entities.

Subscribing utility entities may reserve contracts as referenced in Section III.1.5.

Details of the contact for review procedures covered by Section VI.4.1 will be provided by the subscribing utility entity.

UVDB may be used by subscribing utility entities to establish dynamic purchasing systems.

This notice cancels and supersedes all previous qualification system notices for works for UVDB.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
See section VI.3
See section VI.3
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

For contracts subject to the EU Procurement legislation, utilities will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.

Where the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 (SI 2016 No 274) apply, provision is made for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

Where the Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016 No 49) apply, an economic operator that suffers, or risks suffering, loss or damage attributable to a breach of duty under the regulations may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: