ESPO launches new Toxicology Services framework (3057)

Published on 16/05/2017

ESPO's Toxicology Services solution (3057) went live on 1 February 2017 and will be in place for a three year period up to 31 January 2020, with the option to extend for an additional year.

The framework provides public sector bodies and their individual departments with access to toxicology testing services for Pathologists on behalf of H.M. Coroner. These services allow for the testing of blood ethanol, blood drug, urine ethanol, blood drug, cyanide, carbon monoxide and other substances including, but not limited to, Acylcarnitine, Amino Acids, Glucose, Insulin, C-peptide and Acetone. The services can be accessed on our framework either by direct award or by running a further competition.
To ensure that our solution is suitable for the needs of the public sector authorities and their Pathologists, ESPO has undertaken extensive stakeholder engagement. A range of potential users and service providers, alongside the Chief Coroner and renowned experts within the market, contributed to better understand the complex nature of the toxicology services.
Alongside the provided testing services, the framework offers additional services such as APT training, hospital samples or retrieval of admission bloods, and inquest and court attendance.

The framework has a strong set of service providers who each offer innovative and high quality practices for competitive rates;

  • Alere Forensics
  • Cellmark Forensic Services
  • Hampshire Scientific Service
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Leicester
  • West Yorkshire Analytical Services

Benefits of using this framework:

  • The framework is compliant with UK/EU procurement legislation; we’ve done the work, so there’s no need for you to run a full EU procurement process.
  • Service providers listed on this framework were assessed during the procurement process for their financial stability, track record, experience and technical and professional ability.
  • Robust pre-agreed terms and conditions to underpin all order’s so no need to worry




The framework is split into 12 lots which cover all 12 regions of the UK accordingly;

  • East Midlands
  • East of England
  • London
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • South East England
  • South West England
  • Wales
  • West Midlands
  • Yorkshire & Humber

If you require more information, please contact Chloe Muir on 0116 294 4072 or
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