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Sole Source Criteria

The declaration of a "sole source" purchase must be exercised judicially and always with good faith. The following test must be applied and all criteria met when a declaration is made.

"Sole source" - A good's or service's "uniqueness" alone cannot qualify the producer or supplier of the good or service as a "sole service" of a good or service under Alabama's competitive bidding laws; instead, to so qualify under subdivision (a)(11), the good or service offered must be unique; that uniqueness must be substantially related to the intended purpose, use and performance of the good or service sought; the entity seeking to be declared a "sole source" must show that other similar goods or services cannot perform the desired objectives of the entity seeking the goods or services. GE Co. v. City of Mobile, 585 So. 2d 1311 (Ala. 1991).
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