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									Software Acquisition and Acceptance Testing Policy
This document outlines the requirements for the acquisition and acceptance testing of software. This
document includes planning for and conducting evaluations of: (i) the software and, (ii) all necessary
documentation and related activities. Planning for and conducting the follow-up activities necessary to
assure timely and effective resolution of problems will also be outlined.

This policy applies to all software and support systems acquired or developed internally by [company
name], as well as any software and support systems acquired, or developed by, an external corporate entity
that subsequently merged with [company name].

Referenced Documents
 Document Number            Document Details
 [insert doc. number]       [company name] Security Policy
 [insert doc. Number]       [company name] Privacy Policy

Responsibility for Policy Compliance
[Insert eligible employees(s)/office/position here] are assigned to ensure compliance with this software
acquisition and acceptance testing policy, and will be provided with all resources, responsibility, authority,
and organizational freedom to permit objective evaluations. They will also be empowered to initiate and
verify corrective measures that are deemed essential.

Identifying Software to Acquire
Employees may send informal recommendations to [insert eligible employee(s) here] if they identify
software that fulfills a departmental or corporate need. The [insert eligible employee(s) here] is free to
decline request for the suggested software for implementation if:

    1.   The requirements gathering documentation listed in the Referenced Documents Section has been
         consulted, and the software does not conform to the policies listed therein.

    2.   A substantial number of software products have been suggested.

    3.   The software does not fulfill the needs of the department or the organization.

    4.   [insert a
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