The purpose of CPV
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 use of CPV facilitates the search and filtering of published procurement notices. Using CPV makes your notices more visible for potential tenderers.
The structure of CPV
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.
18000000-9 Clothing, footwear, luggage articles and accessories
18100000-0 Occupational clothing, special workwear and accessories
18110000-3 Occupational clothing
18113000-4 Industrial clothing
18130000-9 Special workwear
18132000-3 Flying clothing
18132100-4 Flight jackets
18132200-5 Flight suits
18213000-5 Wind jackets
18220000-7 Weatherproof clothing
18221000-4 Waterproof clothing
18221100-5 Waterproof capes
Where to find more info
More information on how to use CPV can be found in SIMAP website, CPV chapter. This information along with CPV Guide and Explanatory Notes are available in all EU official languages.
What to do in case of questions
With all questions about using CPV codes please contact SIMAP helpdesk (email@example.com) in any official language of the EU.
Examples of Usage: