Re-tendering of the Coroners Body Removal Contract

Devon County Council has a statutory duty to support Her Majesty’s Coroner in circumstances in which there are unexplained deaths within the county. Under such circumstances, there is a requirement for the deceased to be removed from the location into the care of the Coroner at a mortuary or funeral home.

We renew the contract every 4 to 5 years, this is the third renewal/retender of this service. For each of the three renewals, the services required are split into three requirements as follows:

  1. Transfer of deceased from scene to mortuary or contractor establishment
  2. Transfer from mortuary to destination outside zonal areas (for example, Great Ormond Street Hospital for specialist investigation)
  3. Support to the councils in the case of mass fatalities

Last week we advertised a new contract to appoint removal contractors who we will work with for the duration of this next contract, which will run until 31 August 2026.

This is routine procurement of a sensitive service that we provide.

Funeral directors and ambulance services contracted by us to provide this service have demonstrated a quality and discreet service that meets our criteria.

The timing for this re-tendering is because the current contract is due to expire on 31 August 2021. It is not in response to any change in demand for the service.

If you are a provider and wish to tender for this contract, please see the contract details here.