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Chapter 8 - Describing the Need - Specifications and Requirements

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.

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