Common procurement vocabulary

Common procurement vocabulary

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Common procurement vocabulary

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Regulation (EC) No 2195/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 November 2002 on the Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) [See amending acts].


The Regulation establishes a single classification system: the Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV). This classification endeavours to cover all requirements for supplies, works and services. By standardising the references used by contracting authorities to describe the subject matter of their contracts, the CPV improves the transparency of public procurement covered by Community directives.

The CPV attaches to each numerical code a description of the subject of the contract, for which there is a version in each of the official languages of the EU. The CPV consists of:

  • a main vocabulary containing a series of numerical codes comprising eight digits each and subdivided into divisions, groups, classes and categories. A ninth digit serves to verify the previous digits;
  • a supplementary vocabulary expanding the description of the subject of a contract by adding further details regarding the nature or destination of the goods to be purchased.

The list of CPV codes and the tables of correspondence between the CPV and other nomenclatures can be consulted on the Internet site: System of Information on Public Procurement (SIMAP).

To remain effective, the CPV evolves in line with market developments. This is why the structure of the supplementary vocabulary has undergone radical changes, thereby including the characteristics of products and services and reducing the number of codes in the main vocabulary.

The latest review of the CPV was designed to make it more user-friendly by focusing it less on materials and more on products. In addition, the CPV’s hierarchy was rationalised.

The TED database ensures that notices of public tenders subject to European directives are published in the Official Journal ‘S’ series. Since 20 December 2003, TED has used the CPV codes which will become compulsory with the adoption of the revised European directives.


Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 2195/2002


OJ L 340 of 16.12.2002

Amending act(s) Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 596/2009


OJ L 188 of 18.7.2009

Successive amendments and corrections to Regulation (EC) No 2195/2002 have been incorporated in the basic text. This consolidated version is for reference purposes only.

Related Acts

Commission Regulation (EC) No 2151/2003 of 16 December 2003 [Official Journal L 329 of 17.12.2003].
This Regulation makes technical adjustments and improvements which were identified as being necessary during the legislative process leading to the adoption of Regulation (EC) No 2195/2002 but which could not be taken into account in that Regulation and should be introduced in the Annexes to that Regulation.

Regulation (EC) No 451/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 establishing a new statistical classification of products by activity (CPA) and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 3696/93 (Text with EEA relevance) [Official Journal L 145 of 4.6.2008].

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