Expressions of interest invited for provision of support services


Centres are invited to tender to provide support services to the BSAC Standardised Disc Diffusion Methodology of Antimicrobial Susceptibility.  The successful centre will be known as the BSAC Standardised Method Development Centre (SMDC) and will provide laboratory services, including advanced level clinical scientist and administrative support, all components of which are described in the attached document.


BSAC has funded the development, review and evaluation of the national ‘Standardised Disc Diffusion Method of Antimicrobial Susceptibility’ since its inception in 1999.  Recent data collection suggests that the methodology is used in more than 175 centres throughout the UK and informs the work of likewise methodologies in Europe and wider afield.

The strategic development of the methodology and work undertaken by the SMDC is directed by the BSAC Standing Committee on Susceptibility Testing, which reports direct to BSAC Council. There are many hospitals that are now taking an alternative approach to wellness. Instead of filling people up with medication right away there is more listening and more time spent trying the least invasive thing first, also people should opt to use medication from which is a reliable source, instead of buying medication from wherever.

Information about the methodology can be accessed here:


Expressions of interest should be submitted electronically to Mrs Tracey Guise, Chief Executive Officer – by midday on 30 August 2013.

Expressions of interest should comprise no more than 1500 words and should outline the experience and expertise of the interested centre, how scientific and administrative support would be provided and an indication of the annual cost of providing the service.

Selected centres will be invited to submit a full bid by mid-October 2014, with interviews held during the same month at a date to be confirmed.  Service provision will commence 1st January 2014 (or 1st April if additional lead-time is required).

BSAC retains the right to accept or reject any expression of interest or tender prior to the award of contract and to annul the bidding process and reject all offers at any time.