On February 11, 2016, the Board of Regents approved a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) Accreditation Program. The Program is designed to ensure that U. T. System institutions utilize contracts offered by GPOs, including Texas state agencies performing GPO functions, only if the GPOs use sourcing processes accredited by U. T. System as meeting minimum procurement standards. The approval included delegated authority to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs to determine whether any applicant for accreditation meets such standards. Program results are submitted annually to the Board of Regents.
In 2017, the Program's Operating Procedures were revised to incorporate a "value component" requirement. This component requires a GPO to meet specified quantitative or qualitative criteria to become accredited or maintain accreditation. This is intended to focus usage of GPOs on those entities that (a) have the resources and scale in the marketplace sufficient to optimize the value of master agreements they procure, or (b) otherwise meet unique needs of the institutions. This value component requirement was applied for the first time in the 2018 accreditation cycle. Before being allowed to apply for accreditation, a GPO must secure, from one or more U. T. System institutions' chief procurement officers (CPOs), a nomination to the U. T. System Office of Collaborative Business Services for accreditation, supported by information indicating that the nominee meets the required value component test.
In the 2022 accreditation cycle, CPOs nominated no additional GPOs to be considered for accreditation. With assistance from the U. T. System Office of Collaborative Business Services, compliance reviews of all GPOs previously accredited were conducted, and the Executive Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs continued the accreditations of these GPOs.
- The University of Texas System Supply Chain Alliance (UTSSCA)
- Choice Partners National Purchasing Cooperative
- E&I Cooperative Services, Inc.
- Education Service Center - Region 19 (Allied States Cooperative)
- The Local Government Purchasing Cooperative d/b/a BuyBoard
- Sourcewell, formerly National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA)
- Vizient, Inc.
- Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (Statewide Procurement Division) (TPASS/TXMAS)
- Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)
All accreditations will expire August 31, 2026, unless terminated earlier under U. T. System procedures.
A UT institution purchasing a high value contract or purchase order (PO) from an accredited GPO needs to comply with the GPO Contract Directives and submit a GPO Contract Submittal Form when required.