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When Best to Support the Sack

The National Procurement Service for Wales (NPS) has called on the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) and its Independent Inspector to support its Refuse Sack Tender Process.

As part of the NPS tender evaluation process, the CHSA’s Independent Inspector, Martin Yates, tested samples of the domestic refuse sacks and recycling sacks submitted under Lots 1 and 2 of the NPS Tender to ensure they matched the specified requirements.

The NPS wanted to ensure ‘fit for purpose’ products were obtained, to fully meet the requirements of its Welsh public sector customer base. “We were delighted to support this procurement process by arranging for our Independent Inspector to test the quality of the refuse sacks,” stated Mike Stubbs, Chairman, CHSA’s Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes. “He has given the National Procurement Service confidence the sacks purchased through the new NPS Framework meet the Standards specified by the Welsh Public Sector and are ‘fit for purpose’.”

Mr Stubbs continued and said he was “particularly delighted” the National Procurement Service as part of its Qualification process asked bidders if they were CHSA Accredited and if not, would be willing to become a member of the accreditation scheme if awarded a place on the framework.

“We’re also pleased they have also asked us to carry out random sample testing of the products called-off through the framework period to ensure Welsh public sector customers get the same quality throughout the entire framework term,” said Stubbs. “Our accreditation schemes for soft tissue, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops give buyers the certainty that what’s on the box is in the box. They just need to look for the accreditation scheme logos – Our Standards, Your Guarantee.”

The CHSA states it would welcome an opportunity to provide this same service to other purchasing organisations, whether in the public or private sectors.

Picture: Mike Stubbs CHSA – 'delighted to support this procurement process by arranging for our Independent Inspector to test the quality of the refuse sacks' 

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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