last updated: 8th August 2011

There are a number of ways in which you may find out there is a need to purchase some goods or services:

  • a specific requirement is identified, in which case is it necessary to ensure that the need is genuine and cannot be satisfied in some other way
  • a review of historical payments to a supplier, group of suppliers may suggest that there is a need 
      - to investigate and formalise the procurement process with a view to obtaining improved terms and value for money

      - to consider the suitability of the area of expenditure for a co-ordinated procurement either within the institution itself, with other local institutions or at consortia or national level.

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