The European Commission has adopted a Regulation updating the Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) code. The CPV code attributes a numeric code to all types of goods and services. These codes must be used when advertising contracts that are subject to the EU public procurement rules. The Regulation streamlines the CPV code, taking into account market developments in particular areas such as software applications, medical appliances, environmental services, defence and internet and wireless telecommunications equipment. The use of a single classification system allows businesses to search and keep track of tenders in all Community languages, promoting transparency and competition