Overall responsibility of all procurement-related activities at EMBL's six sites across Europe lies with the main laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany – the outstations are independent in their daily activities.

The Purchase Office is responsible for all related aspects:


EMBL Heidelberg

Goods Receipt

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 08:00─16:00, Friday, 08:00─15:00

Delivery address:

EMBL Warenannahme
Meyerhofstraße 1
69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Tel: +49 6221 3878100

Please note: no access for trucks > 7,5

Procurement Policy

EMBL purchases all goods and services it requires to fulfil its purposes according to its Procurement Rules. These rules ensure that the procurement process is transparent, traceable and guarantees equal treatment among companies.

Contracts or purchase orders are awarded to suppliers or service providers following a selective procurement procedure involving price enquiries or Invitations to Tender. Contracts and purchase orders are awarded to the supplier who makes the lowest price offer which complies with the contractual, technical, delivery and performance requirements.

It is a matter of principle that price enquiries and calls for tender are selective and do not take the form of an open invitation. As a fundamental rule, participation in procurement is open to all suppliers. The primary objective is to guarantee the principle of fair competition and fair access to EMBL’s procurement at all levels.

Most of the cases for limiting competition are generally recognised in procurement practice, namely if only one source exists for the supplies or services, if the procurement is the continuation of a previous activity, where there is particular operational urgency, or if protected intellectual property (patent) is held by only one firm.




Tel: +49 6221-387-8227
Fax: +49 6221-387-8396
E-mail: purchase@embl.de

Materials Management (Stores)

Tel: +49 6221-387-8128
Fax: +49 6221-387-895
E-mail: stores@embl.de


EMBL Heidelberg
Meyerhofstr. 1
69117 Heidelberg, Germany


With more than 200 staff, in all support areas, ranging from caretakers and gardeners to senior management staff, EMBL Administration provides administrative support to more than 1600 members of personnel from in excess of 75 nations.