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Contracting and commercial

This part of Commercial’s offering is primarily designed to help the FCN community optimise the commercial / contract landscape and harness the community’s collective efforts in consolidating requirements and opportunities that would not be commercially viable or deliverable at a local level.

Commercial will therefore:

  • provide appropriate requirements gathering and market analysis support and input to FCN members, together with a co-ordination role for finalising requirements, ensuring that they do not conflict with other aspects of the national landscape, and confirming market capability to meet them;
  • work with the FCN community to develop an appropriate make / buy strategy and, where required, a procurement strategy, making sure that it complements the broader national landscape and the pipeline of forthcoming procurements;
  • where it is agreed that a national contract or framework would best serve the FCN community, act as a focus for this activity and work with the FCN community to determine how the national contract and / or framework is competed; how suppliers are selected; which contracting model is utilised; and how the resulting contract or framework is managed on an ongoing basis.

Commercial will be instrumental in supporting Science’s role in relation to R&D and innovation. Its role will include:

  • assessing the potential impact of new technologies on existing FCN community contracts;
  • establishing a process for academia and industry to work with the FCN that protects potential FCN Intellectual Property (IP);
  • managing the commercial aspects of the process to choose academia and industry partners, including competition and selection criteria;
  • contract management of the associated investments, including management of arising IP;
  • ensuring that innovation generally is incentivised, R&D encouraged and rewarded; and IP exploited for the benefit of both the wider FCN community and for maintaining / developing a strong supply chain.

Commercial will also act as the custodian of the FCN Section 22 Agreement on behalf of all FCN members.

Identifying and exploiting opportunities so members can meet future challenges by having the people, knowledge, skills and specialist tools and capabilities they will need.
Achieving and maintaining quality service with efficient, standardised processes, and to act as a single voice with key standards and accreditation stakeholders.
Maximising resilience and effectiveness through the design, introduction and maintenance of new ICT platforms, tools, operating models and business change support.
Designing, developing and maintaining a sustainable and forward-looking commercial marketplace for both traditional and digital forensic science