ProClass was launched in 2006 and has now been widely adopted by local authorities throughout the UK. From October 2007 the management and maintenance of ProClass has been passed to Coding International Ltd.
The following are the design attributes of the ProClass classification:
- Designed to support Expenditure Analysis, Contracts Registers and some supplier portals
- Complements existing coding structures already being used
- Mapped to UNSPSC, CPV, and other classification systems
- Appropriate Hierarchy – tiered or single level to suit the complexity or value of the purchase
- No more than three levels of hierarchy
- Can easily compare the main levels of expenditure of local authorities
- Easily identify areas for collaboration between authorities
- Extendable and quickly maintainable
- Cross reference-able to other coding structures – including GL Chart of Accounts
- User Friendly – hierarchy arranged alphabetically so headings are easy to find.
- Can be used by non procurement specialists
- Manageable number of headings compared to UNSPSC / CPV
- Free to use
The following are attributes that ProClass is specifically designed not to do:
- Classify supplier types, only the products or services provides
- Support for policies on aSMEs / BMEs and/or economic regeneration
- Support Catalogue content and/or trade with the private sector
- Replace the need for financial coding (subjectives and objectives)
- Become a coding system, stay only at the classification level.
Coding International Ltd Additional ProClass Services
Coding International Ltd have already worked with many local authorities to provide mapping of ledger codes to ProClass, complete with expenditure analysis of over 80% of spend in ProClass format. There is a low cost set fee for this type of work depending on the size of the authority. As experts in procurement classification and coding, Coding International Ltd are able to provide independent advice and services on all types of classification and/or coding.