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What a supplier should expect to receive when an order is placed and how to check a purchase order is valid.
When ordering goods or services the BBC creates a purchase order with a unique number. The supplier should be in receipt of a valid purchase order, or as a minimum the PO number, before providing the goods or services.
If the supplier has the PO number only and wants to confirm the authenticity of an order this can be done by calling 020 7326 9760, then option 1, followed by option 2, between 09:00-17:30 Monday to Friday. This is the only telephone number that should be used to confirm validity.