ECLASS stands as the international standard for master data and semantics (goods & services). It is a worldwide reference-data standard for the classification and unambiguous description of products and services established in industry, commerce, trade, and the service sector.
Product master data can be exchanged digitally across all borders: business sectors, countries, languages, and organizations. It provides a standardized master-data system to enterprise-wide improvements, underlining benefits along the entire value chain.
Using standardized reference data makes master-data management possible ensuring that key organizational decisions can be made with confidence. This includes:
- Bundling procurement volumes
- Optimizing inventory levels
- Avoiding incorrect purchases
- Creating transparency
- Unlocking potentials for production
- Refining and harmonizing product data
- Extending search capabilities
- Clarifying terminologies
- Supporting compliance and data-protection functions
- Improving communication with customers and business partners
ECLASS has 39 subject areas including electrical engineering, construction, logistics, food, medicine, optics, automotive, laboratory technology and office supplies and develops these various industry standards into a uniform, cross-sector standard.
ECLASS currently provides 45,000 product classes and 19,000 clearly described features, which only require four classification levels for categorization. Each product and each service is represented with an 8-digit code. To each product or service exact characteristics such as supplier name, type designation or brand, additional identifiers with unique, machine-readable codes are attached so duplicates are ruled out.
More than 3,500 companies worldwide are already using the ECLASS standard and are making use of these benefits. For some, ECLASS is even declared as a mandatory standard for their business partners.