In cases where competition cannot be obtained, purchase requisitions should be accompanied by a Sole Source Justification form signed by the principal investigator, department chair, or director. The form should be used when you need to:
When you request a sole source justification, consider the following:
If there is no competitive or comparative evidence to demonstrate that a price is reasonable, ask the vendor to certify in writing that the quoted price is the best price offered to any educational or non-profit customer of a similar business volume. If the vendor is willing to provide this certification, it creates a legal liability for the vendor and is sufficient price justification.