UNSPSC is the acronym for the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code.  UNSPSC was jointly developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Dun & Bradstreet Corporation in 1998 and is currently managed by GS1 US, which is responsible for overseeing code change requests, revising the codes and issuing regularly scheduled updates to the code.

Unfortunately, the system often has errors which result in orphaned codes, or branches that do not go down to the bottom of the hierarchy.  This means it is often a manual exercise to ensure a correct upgrade from one version of UNSPSC to another version, unless you use cross mapping from a more detailed system such as NSV or e2class. 

There are around 20,000 classifications in UNSPSC.

The e2class database has a complete mapping of all codes to UNSPSC.

UNSPSC for Buyers

A number of buying organisation require UNSPSC as part of their finance system integration to marketplaces.  @UK PLC ensures that all supplier goods and services are classified to UNSPSC, and that there is a mapping from the full set of UNSPSC code to a subset that the buying organisation may have defined.
The @UK PLC system auto classifies products as they are added to the system, and they can then be manually classified by either the supplier or coding international for improved accuracy.

UNSPSC for Suppliers

A number of buying organisation require UNSPSC as part of their finance system integration to marketplaces.  @UK PLC ensures that all supplier goods and services are classified to the buyers version of UNSPSC, and that the correct version of UNSPSC is sent to the buying organisation.  This means that suppliers can hand over maintenance of their UNSPSC coding along with eclass for the NHS and pro-class for local authorities.

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