The Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) is the uniform classification system in Europe for public procurement.
The CPV codes create a uniform classification for public contracts in the EU. The subject of the order is thus described in a common nomenclature and applies to all countries of the European Union.
Consisting of a main part and an additional part, the following code structure forms the CPV classifications:
The main part describes the subject of the contract. It consists of eight digits and a check digit and defines the type of construction work, services or deliveries of the subject matter of the contract. These digits are read as follows:
The use of the CPV code is prescribed by the European Union for use in public procurement from the EU threshold values. Many e-procurement and advertising platforms are also based on the CPV code below the EU threshold values.
The common vocabulary is a list of services and delivery items, each of which is assigned a unique key (CPV number or CPV code).