Standard Orders

Each laboratory orders their own supplies and equipment via HCOM (Harvard Crimson Online MarketPlace). The HCOMarketplace is an online eProcurement tool where Harvard purchasers can access over 200 vendors through punchouts and catalogues. Integrated within Harvard's Oracle Financial System, HCOM facilitates shopping and selecting items for purchase orders. 

In order to access HCOM, please contact your grant manager who can assist you with obtaining access to Oracle and HCOM. New users must complete a training session prior to using HCOM. For additional information and resources, please visit the following website:

Harvard Crimson Online MarketPlace

Harvard Training Portal for HCOM

Radioactive Materials

To purchase radioactive materials, you will first need a Radiation Protection Office (RPO) user account. If you do not have a RPO user account and would like one, please email the following information to

  •        Full name as it appears on Harvard ID. A Harvard ID is required to be issued an account.
  •        Harvard email address
  •        Office/lab phone number
  •        Name of radiation use permit holder

Once your account is active, use the Tool: Radioactive Materials Purchasing Authorization System and follow their ordering procedure

For additional information and guidelines on purchasing and receiving radioactive material, please visit EH&S website

Non-P.O. Orders

  1. Journal subscriptions and membership dues should be paid on Pcard or Citi Corporate Card.  
  2. When ordering from a Harvard service office, i.e. Central Supply, Office for Information Technology, you would give them your Harvard 33 digit account code number, 520-45310-XXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXX-XXXXX, in place of a purchase order.