Term:Commercially Available Off-the-Shelf

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FAR Subpart 2.1

Commercially Available Off-the-Shelf (COTS) - "Commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS)" item-

(1) Means any item of supply (including construction material) that is-
(i) A commercial item (as defined in paragraph (1) of the definition in this section);
(ii) Sold in substantial quantities in the commercial marketplace; and
(iii) Offered to the Government, under a contract or subcontract at any tier, without modification, in the same form in which it is sold in the commercial marketplace; and
(2) Does not include bulk cargo, as defined in section 3 of the Shipping Act of 1984 (46 U.S.C. App. 1702), such as agricultural products and petroleum products.