The European Commission has adopted a Regulation that updates and revises the EU-wide system of contract classification known as the Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV). Revisions were made following consultation with users in both the private and public sector with a view to ensuring that the CPV is clearer and easier to use. Descriptions of certain goods and services are now covered in greater depth to reflect developments in their respective sectors (e.g. software, medical appliances, airport equipment, sporting goods, musical instruments, environmental services, internet and wireless telecommunication services and defence related equipment and services). The new Regulation will come into force six months after publication. Public and private bodies alike will need to bear in mind the need to use the new classification codes by the end of that deadline.