A comprehensive, easy to use procurement classification is essential for any organisation seeking to understand its third party expenditure. Few organisations can access information in their IT systems that can give a procurement as well as a financial / accounting perspective. Even where a coding system is used - such as UNSPSC - the challenges are dealing with multiple versions and the sheer volume of codes - over 77,000 for UNSPSC.
To overcome these problems, English local government devised a classification which is easy to use, meaningful and free at the point of delivery. It also maps to the different procrement coding systems used such as UNSPSC, CPV, NSV and NHS-eClass.
ProClass is owned by local government and from October 2007 its management and maintenance has been passed to Coding International Ltd. ProClass is recognised by the Local e-Government Standards Body (LeGSB).