List of the CPV codes

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.

Current CPV codes (2024)

  1. Dynamic structure
  2. Static structure (*)
  3. Multilingual search tool

(*) Other available languages for the static CPV structure


The CPV, adopted by Regulation (EC) No. 213/2008 is in use since 17/09/2008: Portable Document Format PDFExtensible Markup Language XMLOpenDocument Spreadsheet ODSMultilingual Excel XLSMultilingual Excel XLSX

CPV 2008-2024 Guide : PDF

CPV 2008-2024 Explanatory Notes : PDF

CPV 2008-2024 Supplementary Codes Explanatory Notes : PDF

Conversion table

Old to New CPV codes table

What is the CPV?

CPV Codes, Common public Procurement VocabularyThe 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 CPV consists of a main vocabulary and a supplementary vocabulary.

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

How to use the CPV

The use of the CPV is mandatory in the European Union as from 1 February 2006.

The CPV version 2008 is the current CPV version to:

  1. Fill the notices of calls for competition
  2. Search business opportunities in TED
  3. Find contract notices in the archive of TED

How to fill a notice for a call for competition with the CPV ?

Contracting authorities should try to find the code that suits their envisaged purchase as accurately as possible. Although in some occasions contracting authorities may find themselves having to select several codes, it is important that they select a single code for the title of the contract notice. Should the level of accuracy of the CPV be insufficient, then contracting authorities should refer to the division, group, class or category that better describes their intended purchase – a more general code that can be recognised because it has more zeros.

Last time verified or updated : July 2024