The University of Chicago

Financial Services


Purchasing Restrictions

Following are important purchasing restrictions. Select a restriction to learn more information:

HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act


Radioactive Material

Procurement of Radioactive material should be requested through the Office of Radiation Safety. Further instructions regarding the ordering process are outlined in Radioactive Material Ordering.

Pharmaceuticals/Narcotics/Controlled Substances

Purchase of these items should be coordinated with the University of Chicago Medical Center Pharmacy. (Select "Pharmacy" from the Patient and Visitor Guide.)


Rental Cars

Purchase of rental cars must follow the Travel Policy 1202.

Electrical Appliances/Equipment

According to the Municipal Code of Chicago, all electrical equipment must be tested and listed by an approved testing agency. Visit the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) site for a list.

Invasive Work on University Property

All repairs, renovations and constructions orders must be directed to Facilities Services Procurement.

Trade Services Work

Contact Facilities Services prior to any action.

Information Technology

Contact IT Procurement (now a part of Purchasing and Payment Services) prior to any action taken.


Cylinder Gas Purchase or Rental

Contact Physical Sciences Division (PSD) Receiving Dock for the purchase and rental of cylinder gases.

Disposal of Hazardous Waste

Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol)