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What is the CPV-Code?

CPV - Common Procurement Vocabulary
The common vocabulary for public contracts.
The use of the Common Procurement Vocabulary (Common Procurement Vocabulary - CPV) is required through the European Union for the application in public procurement. In 1996, the Commission has recommended the use of the CPV (Common Procurement Vocabulary) to describe the subject of contract of all public procurement notices published in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ L 222, 02.09.1996, IP / 96/815).

The CPV numbers and descriptions are defined in Regulation (EC) No 2195/2002 of the European Parliament and Council of 5 November 2002 on the Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) for public contracts. This regulation was replaced by Regulation 213/2008 of 15 March 2008.

The Common Procurement Vocabulary is presented as a list of services and delivery items, each assigned with a unique key (CPV-Nr. or CPV code)

The CPV numbers became the most important tool for prospective tenderers to identify and select the contract notices that come into consideration for them.

In cases of European invitations to tender, contracting authorities are bound to mention the matching CPV codes in their notices.