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The Operational Services Division (OSD) uses United Nations Standard Products and Services Codes (UNSPSC), a global products and services classification system, to categorize goods and services in the COMMBUYS Market Center. Purchasers use these codes when posting bids and vendors select UNSPSCs as part of their COMMBUYS Vendor Profiles to receive bid notifications that align with their businesses.

Given the importance of UNSPSCs to the procurement process, OSD developed an easy-to-use tool for buyers and sellers that connects business categories and sub-categories to relevant UNSPSCs. Since its debut over the summer, OSD has continued to refine the tool with one recent enhancement expanding the UNSPSCs related to professional services.

Users may find this useful tool on COMMBUYS.com or on the OSD website in the COMMBUYS Resource Center.

Explore UNSPSC Look-Up Tool Functionality

To view the UNSPSCs associated with business categories and sub-categories:

  • Open the UNSPSC Look-Up Tool;
  • Select a Business Category from the drop-down menu (Step 1); and
  • Refine your selection by choosing a Business Sub-Category (Step 2).

These selections will return a suggested six-digit UNSPSC classification code under Step 3, and offer more refined choices under Step 4.

Use the Crosswalk Function to Tailor Search Results

Users may modify the UNSPSC search results from the Look-Up Tool using the Crosswalk tab:

  • Select the desired Business Category and Business Sub-Category; and
  • Choose an appropriate Segment/Family/Class UNSPSC.

The Look-Up Tool will return UNSPSCs based on the customization created by the user in the Crosswalk. Users have the option to save a copy of the UNSPSC file. This action will incorporate any codes identified from the Crosswalk search into the Look-Up Tool for future reference.

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