Regardless of your line of work, it’s hard to steer away from the topic of Coronavirus. While many business have been greatly impacted, government departments are still up and running and the tendering mill continues to turn, so this is not the time to be complacent about tendering closing times or potential opportunities! So this week we take a look at an opportunity that has evolved in response to the current climate seeking to establish Australian based resources that may assist in controlling the spread of infectious disease both now and in the long term.
The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has released a Request For Information (RFI) seeking industry input on Australian manufacturing of medical PPE.
The Department is hoping to gain a better understanding of domestic production capability of medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that includes: surgical gowns, gloves, goggles, hand sanitisers, clinical waste bags, waste bag closure devices (ties), blood and fluid spill kits, mask fit test kits and thermometers. Respondents are to indicate their capability to manufacture, either currently or with some modifications to manufacturing processes or facilities. Products must be suited to the Australian healthcare environment, in all states and territories, including necessary certifications and approvals.
It is important to remember that RFIs are not a guarantee of procurement or any follow on procurement activity, they are an information gathering exercise for government. However, there are benefits in taking part, as your response informs the government of your capabilities as well as allows you to influence the potential follow-on procurement activity.
Note this RFI has a two step response requirement, with initial responses required by 18 Mar 20, and further responses by the 31 Mar 20.