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Unless otherwise agreed in writing all orders are placed and are deemed to be accepted subject to the following conditions.

These conditions together with any special condition of purchase agreed to in writing by the parties shall constitute the entire agreement between the parties for the supply of the goods and any services and shall supersede any provisions incorporated or referred to in the Seller’s quotation, sales literature, and acknowledgement of order or elsewhere.

1 Orders
The Buyer will not be bound by any order unless it is placed on the Buyer’s official order form and shall be entitled to cancel any order which is not accepted by the Seller within fourteen days from the date of the order form.

Samples for analysis

Whilst Alta Bioscience undertakes to store samples in an appropriate manner prior to and after analysis, it is not responsible for any losses, damage or deterioration which may occur during storage. The laboratory will store the sample for a reasonable time following analysis, after which the sample will be disposed of in a safe manner, without notification.  Samples that are required to be returned to the customer should be clearly marked as such, and should be supplied with written information for their return.

Alta Bioscience is not liable for loss caused by any delay in the delivery of products or data.

Known hazards associated with any sample must be disclosed in writing when the sample is presented for analysis.  Alta Bioscience retains the right to refuse samples which in its opinion cannot be handled safely by the laboratory.

Analytical data

Whilst Alta Bioscience exercises all due care in producing the analytical data, it is issued on the strict understanding that Alta Bioscience shall not be legally liable for any error, mistake or inaccuracy which any advice or conclusion may contain, either under Common Law or as a result of any breach of duty arising under contract or otherwise.  The laboratory is not responsible for data when used in clinical diagnosis.

Alta Bioscience will repeat analysis without charge, only where a problem is shown to be one of instrument failure, incorrect/unsuitable sample processing or data interpretation by the laboratory.  Analytical repeats necessitated by incorrect sample preparation by the customer will be charged for at the normal rate.

Whilst Alta Bioscience exercises all due care in sample preparation and processing, it will be on the assumption that the sample has no intrinsic value.

Synthetic products

Alta Bioscience accepts no responsibility for accidents in handling or use of any of its synthetic products.  These products are for research use only and are not for medical, diagnostic use or human consumption.

The hazards associated with any of the synthetic materials supplied by the laboratory are not known.  Appropriate care must be taken when handling and using them.

Alta Bioscience guarantees to assemble the sequences of peptides and of oligonucleotides that are appropriate, using the information supplied by the customer.  While every reasonable check will be made, the laboratory will not be responsible for errors caused by poorly written sequence data.

The required purity of the completed products must be specified by the customer before the start of synthesis.

2 Price
The price shall be inclusive of delivery and packaging materials, but exclusive of all taxes, duties, royalties or other payments due to Government Authorities or other third parties unless it is expressly agreed in writing that such payments are included in the price.

4 Property and Risk
Title to the goods shall pass to the Buyer on delivery or, if earlier, on payment for the goods to the Seller (without prejudice to any right of rejection by the Buyer) and risk in them and risk in the goods supplied shall pass to the Buyer upon delivery at the point of delivery stated in the order.

5 Delivery
The order is placed on the understanding that deliveries and/or performance will be provided strictly in accordance with the Buyer’s requirements as stated in the order or in any agreed delivery or performance schedule and the Seller accepts that, where specified by the Buyer, time is of the essence. The Buyer reserves the right to refuse acceptance of goods which are supplied in excess of the Buyer’s requirements as stated in the order and the Buyer accepts no liability for such goods. Such excess goods may be returned at the Seller’s risk and expense. The Buyer shall not be deemed to have accepted any Goods until the Buyer has had a reasonable period to inspect them.

6 Quality and Description
(a) The Goods shall conform as to quality, description and specification with the particulars specified by the Buyer and shall be of sound materials and workmanship. If the purpose for which the Goods are required has been indicated by the Buyer, either expressly or by implications, then the Goods shall be fit for that purpose.

(b) The Seller warrants that the design, construction, composition and quality of Goods shall comply in all respects with all relevant requirements of any statute, statutory instrument or regulation in force at the date of delivery, and that the Goods will conform to any trade description applied to them by the Seller.

(c) The Seller further warrants that Services will be performed by appropriately qualified and trained personnel, with due care and diligence and to such high standard of quality as it is reasonable for the Buyer to expect in all the circumstances.

(d) Without prejudice to its other rights the Buyer reserves the right to reject any Goods or Services supplied which fail to comply with the foregoing conditions. Upon notification or rejection by the Buyer rejected Goods shall be returned to the Seller at the Seller’s expense and the Seller shall within time acceptable to the Buyer, at the Buyer’s sole option, either supply replacement Goods or Services in accordance with the order or return the purchase price.

7 Insurance
The Seller shall maintain at its own cost a policy of insurance to cover the liability of the Seller in respect of any act or default for which it may become liable and to indemnify the Buyer under the terms of this Agreement.

8 Indemnity
The Seller shall indemnify and keep indemnified the Buyer from and against any and all loss damage or liability (whether criminal or civil) suffered, and legal fees and costs incurred, by the Buyer resulting from breach of the terms of the order by the Seller including, but not limited to:-

(a) any act or neglect of the Seller’s employees, agents or subcontractors.

(b) breaches in respect of any matters arising from the supply of Services resulting in any successful claim by any third party.

(c) breach of any warranty given by the Seller in relation to the Goods or the Services.

(d) any liability under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 as amended or re-enacted from time to time in respect of Goods.

9 Health and Safety
(a) The Seller shall take all reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety of its and the Buyer’s employees while on the Buyer’s premises and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, shall provide all Health and Safety Data Sheets as may be required to be provided to comply with all statutory requirements.

(b) The Buyer shall not be liable to the Seller in any civil proceedings brought against the Seller under any Health and Safety Regulations made pursuant to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 as amended or re-enacted from time to time, where such exclusion of liability is permitted by law.

(c) The Seller shall indemnify and keep indemnified the Buyer in respect of any liability, monetary penalty or fine in respect of or in connection with the goods or services incurred directly or indirectly by the Buyer under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 as amended or re-enacted from time to time and/or Regulations, orders, directions or Codes of Practice made thereunder arising or resulting from the Seller’s default.

10 Cancellation
(a) In the event of non-performance or under-performance of Services or of non-delivery of the whole or any part of the Goods within the period stated in the order or, if no period is stated, within three months, the Buyer shall have the right to cancel the order or the part then undelivered or not performed without prejudice to any claim which the Buyer may have arising out of such non-delivery, non-performance or otherwise.

(b) The Buyer is entitled to cancel any undelivered or non-performed part of this order forthwith by notice given to the Seller in writing, by fax or email, if the Seller makes any assignment for the benefit of creditors or if a receiver or administrator is appointed in respect of all or substantially all of the Seller’s property or if the Seller becomes insolvent or goes into liquidation (except for the purposes of amalgamation or reconstruction).

11 Force Majeure
Either party may totally or partially cancel an order or delay delivery or performance during any period which:-

(a) its performance is prevented or hindered by circumstances beyond its reasonable control including but not limited to requisitions by Government Authority, war, strike, lock-out, plant break-down, unavailability of raw materials, riots, disease, Act of God, storm, failure of public utilities or common carrier, or

(b) the need to comply with legislation or reasonably anticipated legislation has the effect of preventing or hindering the free manufacture, sale, delivery, use or supply of the Goods or Services or of materials to be made by the Buyer from or incorporating the Goods.

12 Packing

The Seller shall provide suitable containers and/or packing materials for the delivery and reasonable storage of Goods supplied, all such containers and packaging to comply with any requirements in force at the time of delivery. Where it has been agreed that such containers and packing materials are returnable and charged for, their cost is to be credited in full when they are returned. Such return (to the point specified by the Seller) to be at the Seller’s expense.

13 Hazardous Goods
In addition to providing any Health and Safety Data Sheets which may be required in terms of Clause 9 hereof, the Seller must ensure that hazardous Goods have prominent and suitable warnings on all containers, packages and documents and such markings shall comply with statutory requirements. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing the Seller will comply with The Classification, Packaging and Labelling of Dangerous Substances Regulations 1984 and any replacement regulations thereof and, if appropriate, such international Codes of Regulations which may from time to time apply.

14 Non-Assignment
All orders are placed on the understanding that the Seller has the capacity to supply the Goods and/or Services. The Seller shall not sub-contract or assign this order without the Buyer’s written consent.

15 Patent Rights
The Seller shall indemnify the Buyer against any and all liability, loss, damages and expenses arising out of any claim in respect of infringement or alleged infringement or any patent, trade mark or registered design whether in the United Kingdom or elsewhere resulting from the use of or resale of any Goods.

16 Confidentiality
The Seller undertakes on behalf of itself, its employees, agents and sub-contractors (if any) to treat all information obtained as a result of fulfilling the order regarding the business, products, operations and organisation of the Buyer as confidential and to use such information solely for the purpose of the order.

18 English Law
These terms and conditions and the order generally shall be governed in all respects by English Law and all disputes arising from it shall be referred to the English Courts.

These terms and conditions of supply prevail over any terms and conditions attached to the purchase order.

Effective Date – 5th November 2010

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