State Purchase Contracts
The State of North Carolina enters into annual contracts with vendors to acquire favorable prices for many frequently used items (commonly referred to as State contract or term contracts). The State has contracts with several hundred suppliers, covering several thousand individual items.
Required Purchase of Contract Items
All state agencies, including the University, are required to purchase needed items provided by State contract from the contracting vendors. It is not permissible' to purchase items similar to those on contract and designed to perform the same function from a non-contract source.
The Purchasing Department has information on all State contracts and will provide detailed information about the many contract items to any department upon request.