Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)
This coding system is used to create automatic translations of tenders across the EU. It is based on a hierarchy of what products are made from; the code is eight digits, plus a check digit, to provide an electronic check of the code when transmitted. This code should be added to every tender placed in electronic EU Official Journal ‘Tenders Electronic Daily’ (TED). All public departments must advertise tenders on TED that are above the current threshold and add the CPV code to their tenders. If they add an incorrect number, so that the tender is not advertised correctly, this can be considered unfair by disadvantaged suppliers across the EU, who can complain to the Commission.