Toxicology Framework FAQ

Published on 28/03/2018


Q-Managing-People-and-Professional-Services.pngWhat does the Toxicology Services framework (3057) entail?

Our Toxicology Services framework allows for:
  • The testing, analysis and interpretation of results
  • Interpretative toxicology reports from H.M senior coroners and pathologists
  • 24/7 emergency cover with urgent access and testing required in certain limited circumstances and attendance at inquest as required (additional fees paid as per the Coroners and Justice Act – The Coroners Allowances, Fees and Expenses Regulations 2013)
The framework offers customers access to suppliers with a proven and successful track record of delivering toxicology services for pathologists on behalf of H.M Coroner which customers can set up supply arrangements with quickly and simply.


Q-Managing-People-and-Professional-Services.pngWhat services are available on this framework?     

The framework covers a wide range of tests that a pathologist may require. The services available under the framework include but are not limited to:
•        Core Toxicology Tests
Blood Ethanol, Blood Drug, Urine Ethanol, Urine Drug, Blood Methanol, Acetone, Urine Methanol, Vitreous Alcohol Screen, Tissue/Specimen Drug, Acylcarnitine, Hydroxybutyrate, Mast Cell Tryptase, Appropriate Metabolic Testing, Novel Psychoactive Agents, Cyanide and Carbon Monoxide.
•        Additional Analysis
Bio chemistry – Quantitation per drug, Blood HbA1c, Sodium, Potassium, Urea and Creatinine, Glucose, Amino Acids, Organic Acids, HCG, Thyroid Function Tests, Hypoxanthine, Insulin and C-peptide, Catecholamines, Metanephrines, Specific Immunoglobulins, Procalcitonin and Osmoality.
•        Associated Services
Express Analysis Service, Additional Complex Report, Expert Witness Report, Inquest/Court Attendance
We understand that your requirements may be specific to your organisation, therefore these categories can be used flexibly to cater for your needs.


Q-Managing-People-and-Professional-Services.pngAre there any costs associated with accessing this framework?     

The framework is free-to-access and the pricing information can be obtained at the relevant stage, upon completion of a Customer Access Agreement. A copy of the Customer Access Agreement can be found here.


Q-Managing-People-and-Professional-Services.pngWill I be obligated to use the framework if I complete a Customer Access Agreement form?

Completing a Customer Access Agreement it does not commit your organisation to using the framework, it simply ensures that the commercially sensitive information provided is kept confidential as it could prejudice the commercial interests of suppliers involved if the information was made publicly available.


Q-Managing-People-and-Professional-Services.pngWho can access this framework? 

This framework is available for use nationally by any public sector body in the UK including; but not limited to:

•        Local Authority Establishments
•        Police and Emergency Services
•        NHS and HSC Bodies
•        Central Government Departments and their agencies
Full details of the classification of end user establishments and geographical areas are available on:


Q-Managing-People-and-Professional-Services.pngWhat are the benefits of using this framework?      

•        Compliance with UK and EU procurement legislation – we’ve done the work, so there’s no need for you to run a full EU procurement process
•        Suppliers you can trust - suppliers listed on the framework were assessed during the procurement process for their financial stability, track record, experience and technical & professional ability
•        The framework is divided into a range of lots based on geographical regions to ensure that specialists and knowledgeable service providers are included
•        Pre-agreed terms and conditions to underpin all orders so no need to worry


Q-Managing-People-and-Professional-Services.pngWhat method of call-off is provided under the framework?      

Either direct award or further competition is available under this particular framework. More detail can be found within the framework User Guide which is available on our website.


Q-Managing-People-and-Professional-Services.pngHow do I make a direct award?    

View the information in our User Guide and pricing information to determine the supplier which can best meet your needs as you must be able to demonstrate the supplier chosen represents value for money.
For more detailed information, please refer to Section 5 of the User Guide or speak to a member of the team at ESPO.


Q-Managing-People-and-Professional-Services.pngAre there further competition template documents available to use?       

Yes, this is available on request by emailing We can also assist you with any other questions you have along the way.

For more information, please contact your Account Manager or our Managing People and Professional Services team on
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