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 certain Corning products. Please reference CU-SLSCIEQUIP-P on your requisitions when ordering product from Fisher Scientific.

When should you contact your outside representative?

  • to obtain a quote on specific equipment
  • to verify a discount; or,
  • to cross reference a product number from another distributor.

Fisher Scientific

Fisher Scientific Outside Representatives:

Fisher Scientific Inside Representative:

Fisher Scientific Customer Service Team

  • Phone: 800-766-7000
  • Fax: 800-926-1166

Contact the inside customer service team for backorder, shipping, and return issues.

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
  • 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

For additional information see the New Lab Startup Program.

Purchasing Agents

Stuart Littlefield - Equipment & Supplies & Chemicals

Luann Heath - Scientific Contracts Manager