8.6 Brand name specifications

8.6.1 When to use brand name or equivalent specifications

Brand name or equivalent specifications may be used when the IT purchasing professional or business owner determines that:

  • No other design, performance, or qualified product list is available;
  • Time does not permit the preparation of another form of purchase description, not including a brand name specification;
  • The nature of the product or the nature of the requirements makes use of a brand name or equivalent specification suitable for the procurement; or
  • Use of a brand name or equivalent specification is in the Commonwealth's best interest.