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Procurement Services Role at the University

Procurement Services’ role at McGill University is to support the University's activities and mission by providing a high level of professional expertise in all aspects of the purchasing process. Our professional staff provides support through customer-focused services and with an ethical and dedicated approach.

We can guide faculty and staff within all aspects of the procurement cycle, be it legal and regulatory requirements, policies and procedures, risk management, tendering and contracting, as well as supplier related issues.

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Procurement Services maintains its Temporary Directive on Purchases from Santa-Cruz Biotechnologies

This is to inform you of the latest news regarding Santa Cruz Biotechnology’s situation. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reached a settlement in the Santa Cruz case. The company has been fined $ 3.5 million USD, and has had its dealer license revoked, effective at the end of 2016. Until then, Santa-Cruz is only allowed to sell animal-derived products which the company obtained from live animals on, or before, August 15, 2015.

Given these circumstances, we appreciate your efforts and will continue to support your purchases of animal-derived products from other suppliers. We will continue to process your Santa Cruz purchase requests on a case by case basis, where no other options exist.


Directive regarding Santa Cruz order

Procurement Directive regarding purchases from Santa Cruz in effect as of February 22, 2016

Santa Cruz Biotechnologies has been found to be non-compliant with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s regulations. According to latest USDA inspections, Santa Cruz’s operations have failed to meet requirements under the Animal Welfare Act. Because of this, we are encouraging our researchers to seek other sources of supply for all products previously purchased from Santa Cruz.

Please be advised that the following Procurement Directives are in place:

All requests for purchases to Santa Cruz must be entered on McGill Marketplace regardless of the amount of purchase and the type of product.
Each purchase requisition issued to Santa Cruz will be assessed by Procurement Staff, in dialogue with the requester, prior to the order being confirmed. Every effort must be made to redirect the order to an alternative source of supply, where possible. 
Santa Cruz has been blocked on all McGill PCards.

Your understanding and collaboration is highly appreciated. We are hoping this is a temporary measure until Santa Cruz is able to resolve the issue in accordance with the US Department of Agriculture’s requirements. 

If you have any questions, or need help finding alternative sources, please do not hesitate to contact Procurement Helpdesk.

Please also see The McGill Tribune article here.

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