How to Buy Laboratory Equipment, Supplies, & Glassware

This commodity includes much of the common laboratory and/or scientific equipment, chemicals and miscellaneous related items used in labs. For information regarding the purchase of service agreements to cover such equipment, see How to Buy Service Agreements for Laboratory Equipment.

Procurement Options and Procedures

For federally funded purchases, competition is required for purchases costing more than $5,000.

  • $5,000 or less: Goods or Services Use your Procurement Card or a Department Purchase Order (DPO).
  • $5,001 . $10,000: Goods Use a PO Requisition or SPO Requisition. The Purchasing Agent needs Adequate documentation to support the purchase and has discretion in determining whether or not competition is required.
  • $10,001 . $500,000: Goods Use a PO Requisition or SPO Requisition. The Purchasing Agent needs competition via Documented Quote process , Sole Source Justification , or a State or University Price Agreement .
  • $5,001 . $25,000: Services Use a PO Requisition or SPO Requisition. The Purchasing Agent needs Adequate documentation to support the purchase and has discretion in determining whether or not competition is required.
  • $25,001 . $500,000: Services Use a PO Requisition or SPO Requisition. The Purchasing Agent needs competition via Documented Quote process , Sole Source Justification , or a State or University Price Agreement .
  • $500,001 or more: Goods or Services Use a PO Requisition or SPO Requisition. The Purchasing Agent needs competition via Invitation for Bids , Sole Source Justification , or a State or University Price Agreement .

Supplier Information

Note: Fisher has been established as the primary supplier for these commodities, as well as the University's exclusive reseller of BectonDickinson and Corning products. VWR has been established as the secondary supplier for these commodities. Please reference CU-SLSCIEQUIP-P on your requisitions when ordering product from either of these suppliers.

When should you contact your outside representative?

  • to learn the Fisher or VWR Account Number for your campus;
  • to obtain a quote on specific equipment
  • to verify a discount; or,
  • to establish online ordering that includes the current University discounts.

Fisher Scientific

Fisher Scientific Inside Representative:

Fisher Scientific Customer Service Team:

  • Phone: 800.766.7000
  • Fax: 800.926.1166

Fisher Scientific Outside Representatives:

Fisher Scientific Lab Startup Program

The New Lab Startup Program is designed to provide additional savings, free products, and leverage your valuable startup funds. As the competitive nature of grants and availability of funding become ever more challenging, you are encouraged to review and take advantage of the Fisher Scientific New Lab Startup program.

The benefits include:

  • An average hard dollar savings of $2800.00 per startup to the university in 2010
  • Free products and additional savings from over 68 Leading Suppliers
  • Downloadable Product Checklist - don't forget your Real-time PCR Reagents!
  • The program applies to existing labs moving to a new space or expansion

Please visit www.fishersci.com and look for the New Lab Startup Program in the Special Offers section.


VWR International

Customer Service

Phone 800.932.5000 Fax 866.329.2897

VWR Outside Representative:

All campuses: Kevin Scovel (kevin_scovel@vwr.com) 303.909.5076

Purchasing Agents

Stuart Littlefield - Equipment & Supplies & Chemicals

Director of Strategic Procurement
Duane Tucker