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Purchasing Requisitions

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Purchasing through HOBS

The Purchasing Department is responsible for managing the bidding process for most of the externally supplied goods and services required by University departments. Purchasing handles the qualification of potential bidders, the solicitation and analysis of bids, any negotiations, and the awarding of business to vendors. Purchasing consists of processing both supply requisitions and capital equipment requisitions in addition to soliciting formal bids and securing new vendors.

  • Supply requisitions must used used for all other purchases.
  • Capital equipment requisitions must be used for purchasing any equipment which is defined ashaving a unit cost of $5,000 or more and a useful life of greater than one year.
  • Vendors list 
    • Our primary vendor for supply ordering is Thermo Fisher Scientific. We have worked closely with our sales representative, and the companies that they distribute for them to obtain competitive discount pricing. Through Fisher Scientific we have also signed a new Corning C-Contract agreement and have also set up Fisher online ordering for each lab through
    • Sigma-Aldrich has also set up online ordering for Boston College. The directions to this can be downloaded.  Sigma Online Ordering
    • Purchasing also does business with many other preferred vendors that offer us special promotions and monthly specials.
  • MHEC
    • Boston College is a member of the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC). 
    • As a member we are able to merge our buying power with that of over 82 other colleges and universities in Massachusetts to obtain volume discounted pricing from over 500 vendors and contracts.
  • Specials and Promotions is a list of specials and promotions from commonly used vendors.

Our goals

  • To maintain strong relationships and meet regularly with our primary vendors to negotiate pricing, contracts, and to find crosses to offer for cost savings.
  • To organize and coordinate shows, seminars, and training, for continued awareness of new products and offers in the field and to foster learning for both the Biology and Physics Departments.