Policies and Procedures

Section 1.1 Organization of the Procurement department 

Section 1:1 Revised December 8, 2017 

Procurement Services (Procurement), a division of Finance and Administration of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Inc. (Einstein) and reports to the Associate Vice President Business Services (AVP) of the College. Offices are located in the Belfer Building Room 105 on the Resnick Campus.

Procurement is the only agency on the Einstein campus, which may authorize acquisition of products or services to be paid from College accounts. College business policy states that if purchases are made in violation of the rules and regulations of the College, the persons responsible may be held personally liable for any financial commitment made.

Procurement Services 

Procurement is responsible for the entire procure to pay process (P2P). The College employs Contracts Administrators who are assigned to specific Commodities.

For a complete list of Procurement staff and associated commodities please visit

Applicability of Policies  

The Procurement practices and procedures contained in this administrative policy apply to all purchases if they are to be the legal and financial obligation of Einstein, as such, all Sponsored and Non-Sponsored purchases are subject to the policies contained herein as well as policies or requirements set forth by the various agencies. The College is not responsible for obligations incurred unless there is full compliance with this policy.  

Section 1.2 Standards and Ethics 

Section 1:2 Revised December 8, 2017 

Procurement Standards and Ethics 

Procurement personnel exercise sound business judgment and maintain the highest ethical standards in the conduct of College business. Relationships with suppliers will support the promotion of environmentally preferred practices, diverse business utilization, and small businesses.

  • Foster fair, ethical, and legal business practices that promote the College's mission.
  • Grant all competitive offers equal consideration to the extent the established policies of Einstein permit and regard each transaction on its own merit.
  • Cooperate with trade and industrial associations, governmental and private agencies that are engaged in the promotion and development of sound business methods.
  • Conduct business with potential and current suppliers in an atmosphere of mutual confidence and integrity. Relationships with suppliers will support the promotion of environmentally preferred practices, diverse business utilization, and small businesses.
  • Demand honesty in sales representation whether offered through verbal or written statements, advertisements, or product samples.
  • Be prompt and courteous to all legitimate business partners.
  • Strive to obtain the maximum value for each dollar spent.
  • Decline personal gifts or gratuities.

Conflicts of Interest 

For Staff 

Einstein employees involved in committing any College managed funds shall not have a business interest or a family relationship with a supplier of goods of services to the College so as not to impair the integrity and objectivity of the purchase. An apparent conflict of interest, or at a minimum, the appearance of one, may exist if any employee has a direct or material indirect financial interest in a vendor company or when there is a family or other personal relationship.

All instances where conflicts of interest appear or are suspected must be brought to the immediate attention of the AVP.  

For Vendors 

Vendors doing business with Einstein shall not have a business interest or a family relationship with any faculty or staff at the Einstein so as not to impair the integrity and objectivity of the purchase. An apparent conflict of interest, or at a minimum, the appearance of one, may exist if a vendor has a direct or material indirect financial interest with a family or other personal relationship.

All instances where conflicts of interest appear or are suspected must be brought to the immediate attention of the AVP.

Vendor must certify their Conflict of Interest status by filling out the General Supplier Information form (GSI), when applying for vendor status. Procurement will update the vendor status yearly or as required. Vendors exceeding $50,000 per year shall be supplied with a Conflict of Interest form. The records will be reviewed quarterly and a Conflict of Interest sent as needed.

Gifts & Gratuities 

College employees are prohibited from purchasing personal items from vendors who transact business with the College unless that vendor has a retail operation normally open to the public or otherwise pursuant to a College employee discount program. In all cases, employees may not use their employment with the College to influence the vendor in any way. If an employee does transact personal business with one of the College's vendors, the employee must exercise caution as to the appropriate invoicing for personal purchases, and all purchases is made from, no personal packages are to be delivered to the College. Salespersons normally servicing College accounts are not to be involved in any personal transactions.

In addition, employees are not permitted to solicit or receive any gifts or gratuities of any nature that would, or reasonably could, be expected to influence their responsibilities to the College. Thus, all gifts or gratuities from companies or individuals doing business or seeking to do business with the College are prohibited. Employees should also refer to the policies of their school or department as they may be more restrictive than the College policy.

Section 1.3 Environmentally Preferable Procurement Policy 

Section 1:3 Revised December 8, 2017 

Energy and Sustainability 

As part of a greater commitment to sustainability, Einstein has established an Environmentally Preferable Procurement (EPP) Policy. The goal of this policy is to make Einstein and the surrounding community a healthier, more environmentally friendly place.

A. Procurement will make every effort to secure contracts with suppliers that are environmental leaders in their respective markets, whenever practical or feasible.

B. Procurement will purchase products that meet third-party approved eco labels when possible and practical. (i.e., Green Seal Approved Products, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Products, Rainforest Alliance Products, Ecologo.)

C. Procurement will purchase Energy Star rated Appliances and Fixtures in all areas for which such ratings exist. Please visit for more details.

Procurement services takes into consideration the following when purchasing your goods and services:

  • Recyclability of the product.
  • Minimization of product packaging.
  • Maximization of energy/water conservation.
  • Durability as opposed to one time use.
  • Locally or regionally manufactured products.
  • Minimization of toxic and hazardous materials.(i.e.) No Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Mercury free, Urea Formaldehyde free, and low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Maximization of recycled content.
  • Emphasize lowest life cycle cost and lowest environmental impact.
  • Reuse of existing products or materials.
  • Renewability of materials.


Vendor Requests: Requisitions submitted will include the following statement or something similar identifying and/or requesting environmentally preferable alternatives. Requesting units may ask for assistance from the Procurement in identifying green alternatives.

Einstein is committed to purchasing products that are more environmentally friendly, energy efficient and healthier for our students, faculty and staff. Please, where possible, provide any “greener” product alternatives; preference may be given to products that meet third party green certification(s). A list of certifications can be found at  

Department Responsibility: To assist the College in its goals for a sustainable future, departments are requested to consider environmentally preferable products such as:

  • Recycled-content and chlorine-free paper products.
  • Energy Star rated appliances and equipment.
  • Energy efficient lighting and light bulbs.
  • EPEAT certified green electronic equipment.
  • Biodegradable-bio based, Green Seal certified cleaning products.
  • Recycled building materials: recycled concrete, carpeting made from recycled-content materials, etc.
  • Low or no VOC paints adhesives and solvents.
  • Alternative fuels for use in vehicles such as biodiesel, compressed natural gas, electric, or other alternatives as they become available.

Section 1.4 Supplier Diversity 

Section 1:4 Revised December 8, 2017 

Supplier Diversity Program 

It is the policy of Einstein that Women Owned Businesses, Minority Owned Businesses, Veteran Owned Businesses, Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses, Small Businesses, Small-Disadvantaged Businesses, Small Businesses located in HUB Zones, collectively referred to as "Diversity Businesses", be afforded the maximum practicable opportunity to supply products and services to the College. The College, through Procurement, actively encourages participation by Diversity Businesses in its purchasing programs, and in accordance with Federal guidelines, seeks to include Diversity Businesses in the competitive bidding process and use them to the extent possible. The College, through Procurement, works to assist Diversity Businesses with the challenges of meeting the College's business and procurement requirements.

This policy is designed to reflect the College’s strong commitment to the principles of Executive Order 11246 and Public Law 95-507 and their implementing regulations, and to ensure that the College’s business practices and procedures are in compliance with such principles.

It is the intent of the College that all vendors, regardless of size or classification, have the same and equal opportunity to become suppliers to the College.

Section 2.1 Purchase Authorization 

Section 2:1 Revised December 08, 2017  


In order to minimize institutional vulnerability to legal claims, unintended program obligations and financial liabilities, all contracts, letters of agreement, leases, real estate and construction documents and service contracts must be reviewed as to form and approved by the Office of General Counsel before any commitments are undertaken.

After documents are approved as to form by the Office of General Counsel and execution is authorized, the next step, in many instances, is the preparation and the submission of a purchase order and its budget approval in accordance with the purchasing procedures as outlined in this policy. The written approval of the Office of General Counsel, as to contract documents and any comments, should be attached to the purchase order.

Do not attempt to negotiate with the vendor. Procurement will perform all negotiations and obtain the appropriate institutional authorized signature for any required documents.

If this procedure is not followed, the institution will not be responsible for the financial and legal consequences.

Deans, chairpersons, directors and administrators are authorized to approve expenditures of College funds based upon prior approved budgets. Principal investigators are authorized to approve expenditures of restricted funds based upon prior approved budgets. No purchases can be made without prior approval and verification of the availability of funds. Therefore, Procurement will only issue an official purchase order when the procurement requisition has been previously approved by an authorized signatory.


Purchase requisitions for Equipment valued in excess of $500, or Shipments to Off-Site Locations, must be sent to Research Finance for approval. In addition, for any items shipped to a location other than a College facility, the order must be forwarded to the Finance Department for approval.

All expenses greater than $5,000 require approvals as follows:

Approval Chart  

Dollar Amount  Einstein Approver 
$0 - $5000 Department only
$5,001 - $100,000 Budget Director
$100,001 - $250,000 Budget Director
$250,001 - $500,000 CFO
$500,001 - $1,000,000 CFO
> $1,000,000 CFO and Board

The College's Electronic Procurement System (Epro) includes dynamic workflow that moves the requisition through the system based and roles and security. If you're a requestor you should utilize the workflow by not assigning the cart to your approver. You have to click "Submit to Workflow." Your approver will not be able to process your request if it is not in Workflow.


Make a purchase  

A requisition is initiated via Epro and, once approved, (via workflow), reaches Procurement, this authorizes Procurement to order goods and services on behalf of the requesting department.

Section 2.2 Unauthorized Purchases 

Section 2:2 Revised December 08, 2017 


Procurement has the exclusive responsibility for approval of all purchase contracts entered into for the College. College personnel must not sign any contract documents unless they are specifically authorized. Purchases charged against College funds that are made contrary to College policies will be the personal responsibility of the individual placing the order.

Confirming Orders 

A confirming order occurs when a department wishes to place an order for a needed item or service without subjecting the purchase to the normal purchasing procedures of the College. Confirming orders are permitted only in bona fide emergency situation. Examples of bona fide emergencies are a College owned motor vehicle in need of road repairs, emergency equipment repairs and other situations resulting from unforeseen circumstances. Poor planning or poor management are not acceptable reasons for placing a confirming order. The AVP is responsible for the interpretation of ''emergency situations.'' The nature of the emergency that promulgated the confirming order should be stated in the notes section and approved by the department head for College purchases or the principal investigator for grant purchases.

If a bona fide emergency condition exists which warrants a confirming order, the following procedure is to be utilized. An emergency purchase order number must be obtained from Procurement prior to placing the order with the vendor. Enter your request electronically, or call Procurement services at 718.430.3001 giving specific information regarding your order (i.e., Req. Number) to the Procurement personnel, who will complete the order and issue an emergency purchase order number after financial approval has been obtained.

When an emergency purchase order number is requested for repairs or service, the requisition should be submitted after the service is completed and the service report must be forwarded to Procurement. The vendor should be requested to mail the invoice showing our purchase order to Einstein, Accounts Payable office, for processing and payment.

Individuals requesting Emergency Purchase Order numbers for confirming orders, who abuse the system through excessiveness or lack of follow-up documentation, will forfeit the ability to use the emergency system.

Section 2.3 EPRO Roles 

Section 2:3 Revised December 08, 2017 

Shopper - These users can shop for items and assign their shopping cart to Requesters to process, but cannot themselves submit a cart for approvals. This is the most common role in the procurement process, with many shoppers in each School/Department. If you used to shop on Epro and assign your cart to someone else for processing and currently had no access to Epro for procurement then you are a shopper.

Requisitioner (Requester) - These users can shop for items, change/add GL number(s) on carts assigned to them, and submit carts to approval workflows. Typically, there are several requesters in each School/Department depending on the size of the department.

Approver - These users review (approve and reject) purchase requisitions that are assigned to them by the system, based on their function (typically, it is the Departmental Administrators and Manager). Approvers can also shop. There is usually one or two per School/Department and most often this role is performed by the Administrator, Director, or Manager (similar to the "Budget Manager" role in Banner Finance).

Requestor/Approver - This role is a combination of the Requester and the Approver roles. Caution should be exercised when giving someone the Approver/Requester authorization, as he/she will be able to approve their own orders (requisitions) up to $5,000, and can also approve orders - under $5,000 - of other Requesters within the Department, Division, or School. It is recommended by our auditors, and a good procurement practice in general, that a request for goods and services has two levels of approval, a Requester and an Approver. However, in certain cases we understand that this is not entirely possible. If this is the case in your Department, Division or School you can request that certain individuals be given the Approver/Requester role.

Section 3.1 Solicitations/Demonstrations/Sole Source Purchases 

Section 3:1 Revised December 08, 2017  


College policy requires that supplies and materials in excess of $10,000 be obtained by competitive bidding.

Bidding Guidelines 

Items from $10,000 to $149,999: 

Procurement shall solicit a minimum of three quotations from responsible vendors. Documentation of the quotes will be noted on the purchase order. It is up to the purchasing professional if a sealed formal bid should be performed. Generally, the purchase is made from the vendor quoting the lowest price, whose product and offer complies with the terms of the solicitation. If the purchase is not made from the bidder quoting the lowest price, a written justification for the low bid bypass will be retained by Procurement.

Items $150,000 and over: 

Procurement shall solicit a minimum of three sealed written competitive bids from reliable vendors. The written quotes will be retained by Procurement. Purchase will be made from the vendor quoting the lowest price, whose product and offer complies with the terms and specifications of the solicitation. If the purchase is not made from the bidder quoting the lowest price, a written justification for bypassing the low bid will be made and retained by the Procurement. A bypass of a low bid requires the approval of the AVP.

Evaluating the Bids: 

Once the bids are received, they must be evaluated to determine which vendor will be given the order.

If the products offered by each of the bidding vendors are of equal quality, if each vendor promises the same delivery date and if there are no other considerations, the order would go to the low bidder. However, all these factors are seldom equal and many orders are, therefore, placed with other than the low bidder for good reasons. No set formula can be devised that can be applied to all products for all orders. The quality and delivery requirements will vary for different products and for different uses. The delivery requirements may vary for different orders as well. For these reasons, the act of selecting the bid which best suits the needs of the College's is one that requires the judgment and experience of Procurement. The selected vendor is informed via receipt of a purchase order. The others are informed via a correspondence from Procurement.

Follow-up of Non-Bidders: 

A bidders list that is active and current is maintained by Procurement. This stimulates competitive bidding and should result in maximum response to an invitation to bid. Those requesting the purchase of goods or service subject to competitive bidding must allow sufficient lead time so all solicited vendors are able to submit timely bids. Within existing time constraints, alternate vendor(s) will be sought to provide bids. Vendors not returning a bid will be queried as to the reasons they chose not to respond and Procurement bidders list will be updated accordingly.

Sole Source/Directed Source Request: 

The originator of the purchasing requisitions frequently suggests or requests a specific manufacturer or supplier. Procurement will review the request for reasonableness, but reserves the right (after discussion with the requesting department) to place orders with vendors whose prices are lower than those of the vendor that appears on the requisition. When an item is unique, available from only one supplier or a substitution is not feasible (commonly referred to as ''sole source or directed source"), a sole source justification form must be filled out, approved by a department head for College fund purchases or the principal investigator for grant purchases, must be completed. Procurement will determine the reasonableness of the request for waiver by investigating the price and services available from the "sole source" vendor. The justification must be approved by the AVP.

Sole Source/Directed Source Justification: 

Although competition may be waived, it is required wherever possible. When a justification is considered, Procurement may negotiate with a potential vendor in an effort to acquire the best quality, price, delivery, and terms and conditions. If performance or price competition is not available the Sole Source/Directed Source Justification form must be used. Conditions permitting a Sole Source/Directed Source Justification include, but are not limited to:

  • Performance or price competition is not available.
  • Necessary product or service is available from only one source.
  • Competition has been solicited with no satisfactory offers received.
  • Standardization or compatibility is the overriding consideration.
  • The goods/services has been identified and/or required by a research grant or contract. The grant name and contract number must be provided on the Sole Source/Directed Source Justification form.

Supporting documentation should be provided to fully substantiate the conditions listed for justification of the Sole Source/Direct Source.


Section 3.2 Types of Purchase Orders and Forms 

Section 3:2 Revised December 08, 2017 

Non-Catalog Form: 

When to Use This Form: 

  • To purchase goods and services not found in a Epro catalog, from contracted and other suppliers.
  • This form should also be used for contracted services, independent contractors/consultants, service and repair contracts and any other orders that have contracts associated with them. Please be sure to attach all necessary documentation to this form in order to avoid delaying your request. This form is quantity driven. If a contract has multiple even payments you may use this form.
  • This form can be used for "confirmation only" type orders. Confirmation type orders are permitted only in a bona fide emergency situation. This type of PO will only be sent to supplier if you choose the "yes" option.
  • Please note: You will need to enter "Einstein Procurement Department" as the supplier if you cannot find a supplier in the search or if it is a new vendor to be added.

Blanket Order Form: 

When to Use This Form:  

A Blanket Order/Standing Order is a term contract or basic agreement between the College and a supplier. It is issued to a specific supplier to address recurring low dollar purchases of consumable supplies or services, for a specific period of time. A Blanket Order is issued to support an existing contract, or independently, after all terms and conditions have been negotiated.

You must include the following information:

  • The period to be covered by the blanket agreement (cannot exceed one calendar year)
  • The previous Blanket Order number, if this is a replacement Blanket Order
  • Items and/or categories of items to be covered by the Blanket Order (when available). In the case of a standing order, quantities and day/time of delivery are required
  • Maximum quantities, if any
  • Prices and pricing arrangements
  • Blanker orders must be itemized

Request for Payment: 

  • This form is to be used for payments to vendors only when use of a Purchase Order is not possible.
  • Invoices, receipts or other supporting documentation must be attached to this form. Incomplete forms will be returned.
  • Documentation must identify: Date of purchase, Name of vendor, Itemized list of goods, and the Total amount.
  • For all types employee or student payments, please click the link below to be taken to the Employee/Student Payment form which is not a part of Epro. Follow the instructions on the form for payment processing.

Guest Lecturer/Honorarium Authorization Request: 

  • Use this form to obtain approval to present an honorarium or hire a guest lecturer. The definition of a "Guest Lecturer" shall include distinguished faculty, eminent or renowned individuals presenting lecturers, speeches, seminars, workshops, and performances.
  • Do not use this form when services from Einstein staff, faculty members, or students are used.

Refrigerator/Freezer Safety: 

This form is for interdepartmental use only. This form must accompany any Non-Catalog or Blanket Order Form when requesting refrigerator/freezer commodities.

PO Change Request: 

  • Use this form to request a change to a Purchase Order that has already been sent to the supplier.
  • Only Procurement is authorized to issue a revision. In case of extensive changes, Procurement Services may choose to reproduce the complete information on the purchase order, in effect, canceling the original order.
  • Changes may refer to price, quantity ordered, terms and conditions, delivery point, funding source, etc. As a result of these or any other changes, the accounting information may also have to be altered and the appropriate documentation sent to the Finance Department.
  • A revision is issued only after the change has been agreed to verbally by the vendor and/or the requesting department. Issues that might require a revision include:
    • Request for a change received by a department or originated by Procurement
    • Request from vendor for change in the provisions of the purchase order
    • Any error (typographical or otherwise) discovered by any section Procurement

Section3.3 Einstein Automated Freezer Program/Alcohol Program 

Section 3.3 Revised December 08, 2017 

Einstein's Automated Freezer Program is a Consignment Program managed by the Science Division of Procurement. These freezers contain commonly used research items: reagents, kits, proteins, and more. This store is located in the Belfer building room B12. The Central Stores Catalog is available via Epro home page. 

Register to gain access to the automated freezer program by sending an e-mail to Subject Line: Automated Freezer Program Registration. The e-mail must contain your phone #, your admin's name, PI and department name. An e-mail will come to you from the vendor you're registering with containing information on how to access the freezer. The vendors in the program are: Life Technologies, New England Bio, Bio-Rad, Promega, Denville, USA Scientific, Takara Bio, Goldbio, and Roche. For more information on how the program works, please call the freezer program administrator at 718-430-8884.

The Scientific Purchasing Manager is responsible for determining items placed in the various freezers run by the individual vendors. The decision will reflect what is most beneficial to the College based on size, quantity, and projected research direction.

Alcohol Program 

The Alcohol program maintains an alcohol inventory ranging from pints to 5 gallon bottles and offers them "for sale" daily 9:00am4:30pm. It also houses automated freezers, accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Use the Alcohol Request Form to order the item and desired amount. Once complete submit the cart to workflow. Once cart is approved the Freezer Program clerk will receive the requisition dispense the alcohol, record the serial numbers in the requisition, and create a Purchase Order. item will be dispensed once end user comes to store to pick up item.

Alcohol Request Form 

  • This form is for interdepartmental use only. Please submit this form when requesting 190/200 proof Alcohol.
  • Requestor originates alcohol order from specifying type and quantity.
  • Necessary approvals secured. Order form is forwarded to Central Stores through Epro.
  • Requestor goes to Central Stores (Belfer B13) Alcohol Room to obtain product.
  • Central Stores Clerk dispenses requested alcohol.
  • Central Stores Clerk enters receipt data.

Section3.4 New Vendor Policy 

Section 3.4 Revised December 08, 2017 

New Vendor Policy 

Departments must submit current W-8BENE (foreign) or W9 form (domestic) with their requisition. Procurement will contact the vendor for them to fill out Einstein General Supplier Information Form (GSI). Einstein will run Dunn & Bradstreet (DnBi) report and enter them into K-Checks. If there's an issue with the vendor's DnBi report or if they're flagged on K-Checks, it will be brought to the attention of the AVP. Vendors performing work on site must provide a valid certificate of insurance with limits of liability as determined by Montefiore's Risk Management department, naming Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Inc. as additionally insured. The Contractor's insurance coverage shall be primary insurance as respect the College. Any insurance, self-insurance, or insurance pool coverage maintained by Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Inc., shall be excess of the Contractor's insurance and shall not contribute with it. The Contractor's insurance shall be endorsed to state that coverage shall not be cancelled by either party, except after thirty (30) days prior written notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, has been given to Einstein.


Albert Einstein College of Medicine's policy is to not procure goods or services or make contract purchases from an entity or individual listed on the Federal Governments Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) or to make a sub-recipient award to an entity or individual included on the EPLS.

Federal guidelines (FAR 9.405-2 and FAR 52.209-6) prohibit subcontracting of federal funds in excess of $25,000 to an organization or an individual who is debarred, suspended, or proposed for debarment, unless there is a compelling reason to do so. Any transactions proposed with a federally debarred, suspended or proposed for debarment entity or individual must be approved by the AVP as administrator of this policy. In addition, the College may prohibit the use of certain vendors if past experience, legal action, or other factors warrant exclusion.

Procurement will review all vendors monthly, comparing the list of vendors with whom the College does business with against the Federal Government's list of debarred or suspended vendors. In the event that a vendor upon initial set up or who is doing business with the College is found to be debarred or suspended by the Federal Government, it should be brought to the immediate attention of the AVP and Procurement will place any Purchase Orders and/or Invoices on holds. Any debarred or suspended vendor will be immediately removed from the Procurement Vendor File and precluded from doing business with the College until the suspension or disbarment has been resolved.

Section4.1 Additional Policies 

Section 4.1 Revised December 08, 2017 

Employment Agency 

Einstein to better meet our hiring needs and ensure clarity in our business transactions with external vendors, we have adopted the following employment agency policy. It is important that you read this policy before contacting us.

We do not accept resumes from agencies unless:

  • There is a signed agreement between the agency and Einstein is in place, and
  • Our Human Resources department has authorized the agency to submit a resume for a specific position.

If an agency submits unsolicited resumes, Einstein is not obligated to pay a fee if we hire from these unsolicited resumes.

Any unsolicited candidate information disclosed to Einstein by an agency may be used by Einstein in whatever manner it deems appropriate without compensation to the agency. In addition, if there is no signed agreement between Einstein and an agency, the opening of an unsolicited e-mail or any other communication and/or Einstein's response to any such communication will not obligate Einstein to the agency in any way or require the payment of a fee in connection with any resume received by Einstein.

If your agency is interested in being considered for Einstein’s Approved Employment Agency Vendor list, please email the following information to

  • Agency name
  • Contact information
  • Location
  • Agency references
  • Area of specialization and a description of products and services, especially those that differentiate your organization






Accounts Payable Policies and Procedures

Accounts Payable 

This policy covers all of Einstein check requests and inquiries for both restricted and unrestricted funds.

The objective of the Accounts Payable is to ensure that all disbursements of College funds are done in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This entails providing vendors and internal departments with up-to-date efficient, precise and prompt service. The responsibility of the Accounts Payable Department is to review, post and finalize reimbursements, travel expenses, and make payments on goods and services rendered by individuals and vendors.

Invoice Process 

Accounts Payable can only issue payments on invoices.  

Accounts Payable can't issue payment on statements, estimates, quotes or Pro-forma invoices unless submitted as a Submit Check with Order. 

For Vendors 

Invoices are not to be sent to departments directly. All invoices should be sent to our Digital Mailroom – EDM at for processing. Invoices require a valid PO # in order for the invoice to continue workflow and not get stuck in an error folder

Once the invoice is emailed to EDM, EDM takes 48 to 72 hours to upload in our P2P system.

For Departments 

Invoices are to be sent to our Digital Mailroom - EDM at for processing. Invoices require a valid PO# in order for the invoice to continue workflow and not get stuck in an error folder.

Once the invoice is emailed to EDM, EDM takes 48 to 72 hours to upload in our P2P system.

Procure to Pay (P2P) Process 

  • Requisition is created
  • Requisition is approved
  • PO is created
  • Purchase of Goods/Services is made
  • Goods/Services are received
  • Invoice is sent by Vendor to EDM
  • EDM enters invoice
  • Invoice is imported to EPRO
  • Invoice is receipted by department
    • PO valued at $5,000 or greater requires 3 ways match (PO, Receipt, Invoice) on all invoices associated with the PO.
    • PO valued less than $5,000 requires a 2 way match (PO and Invoice), NO receipt is required.
  • There are two types of receipts that can be created: Quantity and Cost receipts.
    • Quantity receipts maintain a running total of goods received, returned or cancelled. Typically on a Non-Catalog Order, which is quantity driven.
    • Cost Receipts are used for services throughout the year against an order. Multiple invoices can processed as long as the PO has available funds - Typically on a Blanket Order.
  • Invoice / Transaction is settled
  • Invoice is exported to ERP
  • Check / ACH is created in Banner through E-Visions
  • Banner syncs with Epro to update payment records

Vendor Terms 

Terms are set by the Purchasing Department. Einstein's standard terms are NET 60. Invoices are scheduled for payment according to terms. Requests for other terms must be brought to the attention to Procurement.

Exception invoices are processed manually 

All invoices are to be processed by EDM. Only those invoices outlined below are processed manually in the Accounts Payable department.

  • Submit Check with Order-Events, Catering and Prepayments.
  • Reoccurring Bills - Rents and Car payments
  • Utility bills
    • Con Edison Direct Energy / NYC Department of Water Board
    • Verizon/AT&T
    • Cablevision
    • OptiFreight (Cardinal Health)

Submit Check with Orders 

Overview - Submit Check with Orders are for payments that need to go out immediately and bypass the normal invoice procedure. These requests come at request of Procurement. Every request needs to be approved by the AVP and the Purchasing Manager. Normally a Blanket Order or a Non-Catalog PO is created.

Purpose - Events/Catering, Prepayments, Deposits and rush payments.

Accounts Payable will pay against an Agreement, Proforma Invoice, Quote, Contract, etc. and bypass payment vendor terms to immediate payment.

(See forms for Submit Check with Order Overview and Process)


Banner Direct Pay 

Use Banner Direct Payment Request form - Direct pay should only be used in the event of special payments that do not fall under the category of a Purchase Order and/or the Employee/Student Payment Request Form. Original invoices, receipts or other supporting documentation must be provided with the form.

All fields are required. Incomplete forms will be returned, which will cause delayed payments.

Examples of payments: 
  • Benefits
  • Insurance
  • Returned funds
  • Taxes

*Direct Pay should be avoided whenever possible*


FedEx Invoices 

FedEx invoices are processed via Direct Payment Request form. Invoice includes index and account #, so we can charge the department accordingly.



Is a batch payment process which reduces manual direct data entry. A special formatted excel spreadsheet is uploaded into our Accounting System (Banner) to generate automatic payments.

Is used for: Recurring Student Stipends/Awards/Garnishments/WEX Fuel Cards


Exemption from Sales Tax 

Einstein is exempt from sales taxes which may appear on invoices. Vendors must have a current Tax Exempt Form on file. Requests for tax exempt forms must be made through the purchasing department and approved by the AVP. Requests for Tax Exempt form must include complete vendor name that matches the name on its W-9 and complete address. Forward them to Purchasing to supply Einstein's Tax Exempt form.

Refund Checks 

Refunds due to the College must be sent to Accounts Payable. The assigned bookkeeper will research the payment and locate the department in which the check should be refunded to. The department will then provide Accounts Payable with a reference PO. A copy of the check gets uploaded tot he referenced PO in Epro, for tracking purposes. If a PO doesn't exist, a copy is saved in the Accounts Payable Shared drive for future findings.

Once Accounts Payable records the check, the check is given to Petty cash with the FOAPAL information to credit the account and deposit.


Stop Payment / Cancel Check / Void Check 

Occasionally checks may be lost, damaged or simply uncashed. Checks are stopped/reissued upon request. The request must include an explanation of why the check should be stopped/reissued. The check will not be stopped/reissued without a valid business reason. If the funds are still due to the payee, a check cannot be voided, it must be reissued.

Please allow 30 days before submitting a stop/reissue request if the check was mailed to the correct address.

A check mailed to the correct address that was confirmed as being received and was either lost or damaged can be reissued prior to it going stale.

A check mailed to the incorrect address can be reissued prior to it going stale.

Forms of Payment - Checks, ACH, Wire and Credit Card 

Check Payments (bill of exchange) - A check is a written, dated and signed document that contains a definite order that directs a bank to pay a specific amount of money to a payee. Checks are processed through our Banner system online.

Automated Clearing House (ACH) Payments is an electronic payment deposited straight into an institution, corporation or individual's bank account. ACH payments are proven to be an efficient and cost effective mechanism for making payments, for increasing payment security, and eliminating 2 to 3 days of mail time or lost checks. In order to receive ACH payments, the recipient needs to submit the necessary documents to be set-up.

Documents needed:
  • ACH Form filled out entirely
  • Deposit slip, Voided Check or Banking instructions with Banks letterhead.
  • Funds are received 2 days after ACH payment date.

(See form ACH Set-up for Students and Vendors Forms & ACH Enrollment Form)

Credit Card Payments - Albert Einstein College of Medicine policy forbids the use of individual PCards. In rare instances vendors might only accept credit card as method of payment. For that reason, a centralized card is maintained by Procurement services. This card is intended for vendors that do not accept checks or purchase orders as a form of payment. The department will be required to email the AVP to request use of the credit card. If permission is granted the department will then create a requisition which will be used as authorization for the purchase and to charge the department's index for the expense. The description section of the requisition must include all the information needed to process payment (i.e. site links, directions). This requisition will then be rejected but kept on file for audit purposes. If login information is required in order to process payment online please email or call Procurement. The credit card does not leave the purchasing department.

Wires - A Wire Transfer is a method of electronic payments from one bank account to another. Wires are usually sent to international vendors. All wires are submitted and requested by the department. A Purchase Order needs to be created to get all necessary approvals. Once the Purchase Order is generated, a completed wire form and an invoice copy with the PO #, should get sent to Accounts Payable. Accounts Payable will request approval from the AVP, then sent to the Treasury Department for processing.

Once the wire is processed by the Treasury Department, a confirmation and summary is sent to Accounts Payable to post into EPRO and Banner.

Exchange rates used, are based on the vendor's invoice date. To convert currency, please use the

Payments are wired in USD.

(See forms for Wire Procedure check list & New Einstein Wire Form-Revised) 

All Checks Will Be Mailed Directly to the Payee 

To provide for an appropriate level of segregation of duties, all checks will be mailed directly to the payee unless special requirements are needed.

Request for Payment form - Documents that are required to be mailed with the check, must be inserted by the requesting department in the Special Payment Instructions section.

Pick-up checks are only for special situations in which the check needs to be sent out via FedEx, hand delivered or specific documents need to be included with payment.

Checks that mailed out with the remittance or invoice copy.
  • Montefiore
  • Universities
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Utility vendors

Foreign checks are mailed in an airmail envelope.


Disbursements Payment Procedure 

  • The Accounts Payable Department runs an ACH and check cycle once a week.
  • Single check request are for emergencies only, and must be authorized by the AVP.
  • Foreign disbursements via Wire Transactions are paid as needed.
  • Payments will be made in accordance to the payment terms established for the vendor, by the AVP.

Reimbursement Request Form 

A Reimbursement Request Form should only be used for Einstein students, faculty and staff members. 

Reimbursement Requests should be submitted via EPRO, using the Reimbursement Request form in the homepage of Epro. All other reimbursements should be on a Request for Payment form. Approvals will be routed accordingly through workflow.

In order to expedite processing of these requests, please remember the following:

  • All fields are on the Reimbursement Request form are mandatory.
  • All receipts and applicable documentation are to be scanned and uploaded to the form. (Hold on to your original receipts for audit purposes)
  • If request total is over $5,000, it requires additional approval from your Departmental Finance Administrator prior to submission to Accounts Payable.
  • Please fill out all fields as applicable. Incomplete forms, including those with missing documentation, will be returned back to the department for correction/adjustment thus causing a delay processing payment.
  • Examples of documents to submit: Receipts, Invoice, credit card statements, email correspondence, flyers, etc.

When submitting a Reimbursement for an employee or student it is the responsibility of the department to complete the form accurately with the business purpose clearly indicated. All corresponding paperwork must be included and the expense must conform to all College and Sponsored research guidelines.

Departments will have to submit the reimbursement via EPRO for Students with no EPRO Access. If students require access to submit their reimbursement, they will need to request shopper access. Please contact the Help Desk and put in a ticket.

Important information to know: 

Submission Time Limit: Since original receipts are not required, expenses must be submitted in a timely manner. Any expense that is reported more than 90 days after it was incurred will NOT be reimbursed. This is to avoid duplicate receipt reimbursement.

Reimbursements are paid within 30 days from the date it is received in Accounts Payable box (Provided all documents are included)  


Travel Guideline and Expense Procedure

Travel Reimbursement Guidelines and Procedures 

So that the Accounts Payable Department can provide your reimbursement in a timely matter, the following guidelines must be followed. Please ensure the attached checklist has been completed and with your expense reimbursement.

Failure to do so will result in Accounts Payable returning your documentation, delaying your reimbursement.

All Original Receipts Required 

  1. Airfare itinerary showing to and from locations as well as price and payment
  2. Itemized hotel bills (allowance for domestic travel is $275.00 per night including taxes for foreign travel and Washington DC only, $325.00 per night including taxes.
  3. Valid taxi receipts showing date, fare etc.
  4. $86.00 per day meal claims must have valid receipts with vendor names imprinted on them, dates and amounts must be legible
  5. $46.00 per day meal claims require no receipts
  6. E-Z pass claims must have actual receipts or a copy of the monthly statement highlighting the information being claimed (dates and amount)
  7. To claim baggage you must produce the actual baggage pass with the amount imprinted on it
  8. If claiming mileage on your own personal vehicle please, supply a printout of the actual mileage map showing to and from locations.
  9. If a foreign travel, please provide a conversion of each expense using the date of the actual expense to calculate. (You can use the OWANDA site to calculate). You can also provide the actual charges on your credit card to get the exact expenses paid. Foreign transaction fees on credit card can also be claimed.
  10. All claims for departmental meetings, lab meetings etc., must include a meeting agenda and a listing of the attendees
  11. All meals being claimed for taking out speakers, visitors, etc. must include a flyer, email conversation or some sort of correspondence showing that that person actually was here.
  12. Car rentals on trips can be claimed as well as the gas purchased for said vehicle. You must submit the actual final bill showing payment amount and the actual gas receipts showing the dates of purchase and amount

Completion of the Employee/Student Reimbursement Request Forms 

  1. The form must be completed in its entirety: Banner#, Name, Home Address, Payee Signature, Administrator or Dept Head Signature, Index and Account codes. (Note:the payee and the approver cannot be one and the same).
  2. List one item on each of the lines provided. Airfare and baggage on one line,hotel on another(only the room and taxes should be included on this line), total meals(for traveler) on another (whether on actual restaurant receipts or on the hotel bill),total taxi receipts on another, etc. Any additional charges on the hotel bill, if allowed by policy, should be claimed on its own line.
  3. Attach all small receipts to ONE SIDE of an 8 x 11paper. Tape only the top and bottom of the receipts and do not tape over any of the imprinted information. Use as many 8 x 11papers necessary. (The reason for this is that this entire package will ultimately be scan to the share drive).
  4. When the form is completed, make a copy of the complete package for your records and forward the original with the original backup to the accounts payable department for processing.

Contact Us

Procurement Services
1300 Morris Park Ave
Bronx, NY 10461
Telephone: 718.430.3001
Fax: 718.430.8700

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