The United Nations Standard Products and Services Codes (UNSPSC) are coming!

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July 19, 2021 – Ottawa – The Government of Canada is transitioning its trade reporting standard from the use of the Goods and Services Identification Numbers (GSIN) to the United Nations Standard Products and Services Codes (UNSPSC) starting in 2021.

This transition is driven by a need to meet evolving reporting obligations established through Treasury Board’s Data Standard on Classification of Procurement Items and trade agreement requirements.

To learn more about United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC), you may visit the about UNSPSC page on Buyandsell.gc.ca.

Timelines for UNSPSC Implementation

From 2021, GSIN codes and UNSPSC codes will run concurrently, until UNSPSC fully replaces the GSIN in the Government of Canada.

Departments will be allowed to use either GSIN or UNSPSC when classifying and reporting on procurement items but only until major investments/upgrades occur to their departmental finance and materiel management systems (DFMS).

Key Benefits

The implementation of the UNSPSC codes will provide benefits such as;

  • Improved classification structure,
  • Ease of sharing through an international standard,
  • And, centralized governance.

GSIN mapped to UNSPSC

Once implemented, the concordance table that maps the UNSPSC goods and services codes to the Government of Canada’s current system for classifying commodities: the Goods and services Identification Number (GSIN) will be available to download as an open data file without restriction or cost on Buyandsell.gc.ca in the download UNSPSC data section.

Contacts for UNSPSC

We are here to support you in this transition to UNSPSC, and have developed a section to view the Frequently Asked Questions about UNSPSC.

You can also contact the UNSPSC team via TPSGC.PADSAAUNSPSC-APBASDUNSPSC.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca for interpretive advice and guidance on UNSPSC codes.

More contact information

You may also refer to the Contacts for Businesses and Contacts for Government Buyers Web pages for other procurement-related help and support.

How can I stay informed about the progress of the UNSPSC initiative?

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