The University's accounting system (UFS) will produce much of the paperwork required during the purchasing cycle, but will not in itself ensure that best value is achieved or that all relevant contract documentation is issued.
IProcurement is a UFS module. It hosts the UFS Marketplace; which makes available electronically a number of the Framework Contracts (see Framework Contracts). A 'catalogue item request' selects from suppliers on the Marketplace, who provide the same or similar items. It thereby satisfies competition requirements.
Additionally, it is possible within iProcurement to procure items from any supplier on the UFS supplier database. This process is called a 'non catalogue request' and selection is not from the Marketplace. In this case staff must seek further quotations in line with the Financial Regulations.
Further details can be found on the Procurement Services website.