The University of Massachusetts Amherst

How to purchase goods and services

Goods and services may be obtained using either a purchase requisition or a Procard depending on the type and dollar amount of the item.  Purchase requisitions are input in BuyWays, routed, approved and electronically dispatched to a vendor.  Procard transactions are purchased on a University issued credit card and subject to limitations and post audit reviews.  Purchasing policies are described at the Procurement website.

Key facts for Department Administrators

  • The university requires goods and services to be purchased on authorized contracts
  • A sole source form must be used when a product is only available through one vendor or manufacturer.
  • Competitive bids are generally required for services, equipment or commodities valued over $50,000
  • A Contract for Services (cfs) form is used for the purchase of all services over $10,000

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