Common Procurement Vocabulary

English Abstract: 

"The CPV establishes a single classification system for public procurement aimed at standardising the references used by contracting authorities and entities to describe the subject of procurement contracts. The CPV consists of a main vocabulary for defining the subject of a contract, and a supplementary vocabulary for adding further qualitative information. The main vocabulary is based on a tree structure comprising codes of up to 9 digits (an 8 digit code plus a check digit) associated with a wording that describes the type of supplies, works or services forming the subject of the contract.
The main vocabulary is based on a tree structure comprising codes of up to nine digits associated with a wording that describes the supplies, works or services forming the subject of the contract.
* The first two digits identify the divisions (XX000000-Y);
* The first three digits identify the groups (XXX00000-Y);
* The first four digits identify the classes (XXXX0000-Y);
* The first five digits identify the categories (XXXXX000-Y);
Each of the last three digits gives a greater degree of precision within each category. A ninth digit serves to verify the previous digits.
The supplementary vocabulary may be used to expand the description of the subject of a contract. The items are made up of an alphanumeric code with a corresponding wording allowing further details to be added regarding the specific nature or destination of the goods to be purchased.
The alphanumeric code is made up of:
* a first level comprising a letter corresponding to a section;
* a second level comprising four digits, the first three of which denote a subdivision and the last one being for verification purposes."

Alternative Title: 
CPV
English Title: 
Common Procurement Vocabulary
Year of Creation: 
1995
Author: 
European Commission
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