Is it possible to add a Validation Rule to Orders which checks a certain product name has been added to the order?

Basically the price book includes products a, b and c. If the user selects a certain field on the order then I need to ensure AT LEAST product b is added to the order. The easiest way to do this is to validate that a product exists on the order with the name like "removal".

I have failed so far and I have tried these:

  • Adding a Roll Up Summary field on Order Items. This didn't work as product name isn't available. I would then validate that this roll up summaries count was > 1.
  • Adding an order product Validation Rule on the product name and order field. This didn't work as it fired when adding products a and c and these can be legitimately added to the order.
  • Apex trigger on orderitems, I didn't get too far with this as I struggled with the logic.

Is there a recommended approach to validating order products?


You should be able to add the product name as a criterion in any rollup helper tool. I am most specifically familiar with Declarative Lookup Rollup Summaries, which is certainly capable of crafting the rollup you need.


An alternative to DLRS is to do the following:

  • Create a custom field on OrderItem called Product_Name__c
  • Create a workflow that populates OrderItem.Product__c with the value of OrderItem.PricebookEntry.Product2.ProductCode
  • Use standard RollupSummary field on Order (since OrderItem is master-detail) to count the number of OrderItem.Product__c = 'B' into a number field
  • Then you can use a Validation Rule on Order.

Personally, I like DLRS because it has better expressive power and doesn't involve this trick of avoiding cross-object fields in RSF criteria. For orgs that have well-written existing triggers, adding DLRS shouldn't be an impact.

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