CCS puts quality assurance in place with testing framework
New procurement for quality assurance and test delivery framework follows collaboration with the Home Office; closing date for supplier bids is January 6
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is putting in place a framework agreement for the use of quality assurance (QA) and test delivery by UK public sector bodies.
The CCS procurement will provide access to a range of services. These include QA & test delivery ownership, QA & test analysis, test engineering, non-functional testing, integration testing, assurance and consultancy.
The RM3810 competition , for which CCS is open to bids from vendors, has a series of associated dates and deadlines. A bidder clarification webinar and briefing is due to be held on December 6; the deadline for bid questions is December 16; and the bid submission deadline is January 6 next year.
The tender follows on from work earlier in the year. In March, the Home Office outlined early aims for a possible framework agreement designed to expand quality assurance and testing services to support agile delivery methods across Whitehall for automation and tooling functions.
A prior information notice (PIN) for the proposed contract, which was then detailed as having an estimated value of £28m, considered the potential for a framework with an unspecified number of lots to help government departments and agencies better meet their specific testing needs.
The notice cited the work of the Home Office's Test, Design and Consultancy Services (TDCS), which trials projects and programmes across the department and which is due to expire on March 31 next year. The new framework is worth an estimated £110m over the lifespan of the agreement.
A CCS note said the aim of the new RM3810 framework is to help the public sector buy specialist quality assurance and testing services using an agile approach. “It will complement our other cloud and digital agreements; as when you design and/or build a digital requirement or cloud service integration, you may need independent specialists/3rd party quality assurance and testing before you go live,” the note said.
CCS said the agreement represents the first of its kind collaboration with the Home Office, which will use the route to market for its internal shared managed service for testing. The note indicated that the Home Office also supports a number of other central government departments for these services.
According to the CCS agreement, the proposed design for the procurement will include eight QA & testing services to enable both specialist suppliers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to offer services.