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UNSPSC Classification Guidelines

Version 2.04 13 Aug. 2004

Uniform Code Council, Inc. UNSPSC Codeset Management

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Table of Contents

i Table of Contents............................................................................................................. ii 1 Introduction ..............................................................................................................1

1.1 Purpose ............................................................................................................1 1.2 Scope ...............................................................................................................1 1.3 Audience...........................................................................................................1 1.4 Issuing Organization ..........................................................................................1 1.5 Terms and Definitions ........................................................................................1 1.6 Document Management .....................................................................................1 2 UNSPSC Management ..............................................................................................3 2.1 Introduction .......................................................................................................3 2.2 Code Management Vision ..................................................................................3 2.3 Code Management Mission ................................................................................3 2.4 Code Management Principles .............................................................................3 3 UNSPSC Design.......................................................................................................4 3.1 Introduction .......................................................................................................4 3.2 UNSPSC Purpose .............................................................................................4 3.3 UNSPSC Structure ............................................................................................6 The logical aggregation of families for analytical purposes...................................................................7 3.4 UNSPSC Architecture ........................................................................................7 3.5 UNSPSC Scope ................................................................................................9 4 UNSPSC Development ........................................................................................... 11 4.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................... 11 4.2 Development Mission....................................................................................... 11 4.3 Development Scope......................................................................................... 11 4.4 Development Audience .................................................................................... 11 4.5 Classification Principles .................................................................................... 12 4.6 Commodities ................................................................................................... 15 4.7 Business Function Identifiers ............................................................................ 17 4.8 Classes ........................................................................................................... 17 4.9 Families .......................................................................................................... 17 4.10 Segments........................................................................................................ 17 5 UNSPSC Maintenance............................................................................................ 19 5.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................... 19 5.2 Maintenance Mission ....................................................................................... 19 5.3 Maintenance Scope ......................................................................................... 19 5.4 Maintenance Audience..................................................................................... 19 5.5 Maintenance Principles .................................................................................... 19 5.6 Commodities ................................................................................................... 20 5.7 Classes ........................................................................................................... 27 5.8 Families .......................................................................................................... 34 5.9 Segments........................................................................................................ 41 6 UNSPSC Evaluation ............................................................................................... 47 6.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................... 47 6.2 Evaluation Mission ........................................................................................... 47 6.3 Evaluation Scope............................................................................................. 47 6.4 Evaluation Audience ........................................................................................ 47 6.5 Codeset Integrity ............................................................................................. 47 6.6 Commodities ................................................................................................... 49 6.7 Classes ........................................................................................................... 53 6.8 Families .......................................................................................................... 55 6.9 Segments........................................................................................................ 57 7 UNSPSC Translation............................................................................................... 58

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7.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................... 58 7.2 Translation Mission .......................................................................................... 58 7.3 Translation Scope............................................................................................ 58 7.4 Translation Audience ....................................................................................... 58 7.5 Translation Principles ....................................................................................... 58 7.6 Translation Strategy ......................................................................................... 58 8 UNSPSC Delivery ................................................................................................... 60 8.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................... 60 8.2 Mission ........................................................................................................... 60 8.3 Scope ............................................................................................................. 60 8.4 Audience......................................................................................................... 60 8.5 Version Releases ............................................................................................ 60 The following are reserved for future completion ....................................................... 60 9 UNSPSC Grammatical-Syntactical Guidelines .......................................................... 61 9.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................... 61 9.2 Grammatical-Syntactical Guidelines Purpose .................................................... 61 9.3 Grammatical-Syntactical Guidelines Scope ....................................................... 61 9.4 Grammatical-Syntactical Guidelines Audience................................................... 61 9.5 Expressions .................................................................................................... 61 9.6 Abbreviations .................................................................................................. 66 9.7 Definitions ....................................................................................................... 66 Index ............................................................................................................................. 75

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1 Introduction

1.1 Purpose

The purpose of this document is to set down guidelines for the management, growth and utilization of the United Nations Standard Product and Service Code (UNSPSC).

1.2 Scope

The guidelines contained in this document apply to all aspects of UNSPSC codeset management.

1.3 Audience

This document is intended as a reference and decision-making guide for all those involved in the development, maintenance, evaluation, voting, delivery and utilization of the UNSPSC codeset, specifically:

?? UNSPSC members and users ?? Collaborating industry and trans-industry standards bodies, market sites and trade

associations ?? Collaborating government and regulatory agencies and organizations at the regional,

national and international levels.

With regard to the last two categories above, it is the intent of the UNSPSC to incorporate industrywide and international classification best practices as far as practical, to encourage standard Commodity dictionary development across industry sectors and to strengthen industry and transindustry collaboration in the construction of a global standard language of commerce.

1.4 Issuing Organization

The Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC), the UNSPSC code manager, issues this document on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP ), the UNSPSC code co-developer, trademark and copyright holder.

1.5 Terms and Definitions

From time to time, we may use specialized terms in describing UNSPSC classification procedures. We include such terms and their definitions in a glossary contained in Appendix A.

1.6 Document Management 1.6.1 Legal Disclaimer

Although efforts have been made to assure that the UNSPSC codeset and this guideline are correct, reliable, and technically accurate, neither the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNSPSC codeset owner, nor the Uniform Code Council, Inc., UNSPSC codeset manager, make any warranty, express or implied, that the codeset and this guideline are correct, will not require modification, or will be suitable for any purpose or workable in any application, or otherwise.

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1.6.2 Trademarks

UNSPSCTM and the UNSPSC logo are registered trademarks of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a subsidiary organ of the United Nations, an international organization established by treaty. All other product names and company logos mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

1.6.3 Document Version History

Version 2.01 Initial draft 2.02 Revised draft 2.03 Final 2.04

Date 25 Sep 2003 20 Jan 2004

1 Jun 2004 17 Aug 2004

Comment Phoenix EDH, Inc. (PEDH) UCC & PEDH Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC) Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC)

This document is intended to be a living document that will evolve as the UNSPSC changes and learning increases.

1.6.4 Queries

For questions or further information on this document, please contact the UNSPSC Codeset Administrator at:

Members: Use the special email and phone number provided for members.

Non-Members: Please send your comments to: info@.

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2 UNSPSC Management

2.1 Introduction

This part of the Guide is divided into the following sections:

2.1 Introduction 2.2 Code Management Vision 2.3 Code Management Mission 2.4 Code Management Principles

2.2 Code Management Vision

The United Nations Standard Product and Service Code (UNSPSCTM) is the universal classification framework for products and services bought, sold or otherwise exchanged in the global marketplace.

2.3 Code Management Mission

The UNSPSC will be actively marketed and made freely available to the world community. Code development will be based upon policies, structures and processes that foster collaboration and consensus within and between industries and with international standards efforts. The code will be enhanced, translated and maintained through active involvement of volunteer industry domain experts. Quality and availability of the code will be ensured through a fair, robust and open maintenance process. .

2.4 Code Management Principles

The United Nations Standard Product and Service Code (UNSPSC) is fundamentally a language. To be sure, it is a specialized language aimed at defining and classifying the entities or "things" ? be they goods or services ? bought, sold or otherwise exchanged in the marketplaces of the world. Like any language, the UNSPSC's value lies in its use, e.g., the more widespread and frequently the UNSPSC is used, the more valuable it becomes. Conversely, like a language, if the UNSPSC is not used, it has no value, however elegant and correct it might be. So the first challenge to be faced is ensuring that the language ? the UNSPSC ? is useful, which is to say, has meaning and relevance in global marketplaces and is used. But addressing this challenge brings up others that must be addressed, among them:

?? How is usefulness determined? ?? How is user demand evaluated? ?? How is linguistic dive rsity handled? ?? How is change managed? ?? What criteria should be used for classification?

These are some of the challenges involved in managing a global language framework. The guidelines set down in this document are designed to help meet these challenges and, in so doing, make UNSPSC a globally recognized, master reference framework for Commodity classification.

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