First Link (UK) Ltd.

Terms and Conditions of Trade

1. Pricing and Quotations

Prices of items that are listed in the brochure and on our website are ex-works; unless otherwise agreed, a delivery charge will be made to cover the cost of tertiary packaging, delivery, dry ice, special routing or timing. An administration charge of £5 may be made to orders under £50.

Where an unusual charge is made by the client’s administrative system, this will be passed on at cost: for OB10 this is currently £2.

A quotation represents an invitation to trade and is valid for 30 days, unless stated otherwise: First Link may revise a quotation at any time prior to order acceptance. Quotations are made without reference to delivery costs (FOB), unless otherwise stated. Prices offered in quotations may be modified if the quantity ordered varies from the quoted quantities. We reserve the right to alter prices when currency fluctuations make this necessary.

2. Orders and Payment

First Link will supply against immediate orders, standing orders (where supply is on a continuous basis to a schedule), and call off orders (where the purchaser's material is stored until their required delivery date(s)). In the latter case, insurance of the stored goods is the purchaser's responsibility. Samples are provided solely to enable the purchaser to judge the quality and suitability of the goods for their needs and not as to constitute a sale by sample.

The goods are sold on the condition that the purchaser ensures that the goods are suitable for the purpose for which the purchaser intends to use them, and that First Link has no responsibility, liability or judgement as to the needs of the purchaser.

All written confirmations of verbal orders must be marked as "Confirmation", as First Link is otherwise unable to accept responsibility for duplicated orders.

Payment terms are by 30 days from date of invoice, and VAT is charged under prevailing rates. Where payment is late, an interest rate at 3% over the base-lending rate from time to time of the Bank of Scotland plc will be charged. The purchaser shall in this circumstance be liable to any costs or expenses incurred by First Link as a result of the purchaser's failure to make payment. First Link will cease to supply to a purchaser who does not comply with these payment terms.

3. Delivery

Imports to destinations outside the European Community will often require import licences or permits. It is the purchaser's responsibility to obtain these, and provide First Link with a copy prior to the release of goods. First Link will assist the purchaser with information for such permits as far as reasonably possible.

Where events beyond the control of First Link prevents despatch, or delivery, no responsibility for the delay, or liability for consequential loss arising from delayed fulfilment of orders is accepted.

4. Cancellations, Returns and Damaged Goods

Cancellation of an order for a stock item must be made as promptly as possible, at least 24 hours before despatch is scheduled. Cancellation for a custom preparation is not accepted once production has commenced or raw materials obtained, except where any losses, costs and expenses incurred by First Link are met by the purchaser.

If the purchaser wishes to return goods for whatever reason, contact First Link to obtain a Return Authorization, as no unanticipated deliveries are accepted. A brief written explanation of the reason for the return is required for Quality Assurance purposes.

Where goods are damaged in transit or otherwise where technical problems are encountered, the purchaser's account will be credited where there is a substantiated claim for up to 100% of the returned goods, and the relevant VAT and carriage costs. It will not constitute the basis for any claim by the purchaser for any consequential loss against First Link for non-performance. Notification of any damage, shortage or discrepancy must be made within three working days of delivery.

5. Warranties and Title

The warranty made by First Link extends to the replacement of unacceptable material, or refund of the purchase price. First Link shall not be liable for any claim for damage, costs, losses of expenses etc. if all or part of an order is not fulfilled. Rejections, or failure of product, will not constitute the basis for any claim by the purchaser for any consequential loss against First Link.

Unless otherwise agreed in writing, property and title in the goods shall not transfer to the purchaser, until First Link receives full payment.

6. General

Products are supplied for laboratory or further manufacturing use only, and not for therapeutic, household or other uses. The absence of a hazard warning should not be taken to constitute an indication of safety. Our products are intended for use by suitably qualified professional people, who will safely handle and dispose of the products under current HSE and COSHH guidelines. Please note that unsuitable handling and storage of these materials of biological origin can result in new hazards beyond any present when the product was shipped.

English Law shall govern the performance, validity, and construction of these terms and conditions, and any transaction or sale to which they relate.

Any variation of these conditions in any document of the purchaser is invalid unless accepted in writing by the Company Secretary of First Link. Please direct correspondence in the first instance to:

First Link (UK) Ltd.
Regent House
Bath Avenue
United Kingdom

Telephone (+44) (0) 121 783 8139
Fax (+44) (0) 121 786 2747

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