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Glossary

This glossary should assist you with some of the commonly used abbreviations found within the tendering process. If you come across anything which is not explained in our glossary please email it to support@supply2.gov.uk and we will email you back with the explanation where possible and also consider adding it to the list below.

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B

  • BEM - Business Excellence Model
  • BERR - Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform
  • BiP - BiP Solutions Ltd
  • BQF - British Quality Foundation
  • BQS - Better Quality Services
  • BV - Best Value
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C

  • CBC - Central Buying Consortium
  • CBI - Confederation of British Industry
  • CFQ - Competing for Quality
  • CIPFA - Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
  • CIPS - Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
  • CLG - Communities and Local Government
  • CN - Combined Nomenclature
  • COI - Central Office of Information
  • CPC - Central Product Classification (Codes)
  • CPD - Consortium for Purchasing and Distribution
  • CPV - Common Procurement Vocabulary (Codes)
  • CRE - Commission for Racial Equality
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D

  • DCMS - Department for Culture, Media and Sport
  • DE - Defence Estates
  • DECS - Defence Electronic Commerce Service
  • DEFRA - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • DfES - Department for Education and Skills
  • DfID - Department for International Development
  • DfT - Department for Transport
  • DH - Department of Health
  • DLO - Defence Logistics Organisation
  • DPA - Defence Procurement Agency
  • DSS - Defence Suppliers Service
  • DStan - Defence Standardization
  • DWP - Department for Work and Pensions
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E

  • ECJ - European Court of Justice
  • EEC - European Economic Community
  • EFQM - European Foundation for Quality Management
  • ESPO - Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation
  • EU - European Union
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F

  • FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
  • FCO - Foreign & Commonwealth Office
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G

  • GATT - General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
  • G-Cat - Government IT Catalogue
  • GPA - Government Procurement Agreement
  • GTC - Government Telecommunications Contract
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H

  • HMRC - HM Revenue and Customs
  • HSE - Health and Safety Executive
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I

  • IDeA - Improvement and Development Agency
  • IIP - Investors in People
  • IPF - Institute of Public Finance
  • ISO - International Standards Organization
  • ITT - Invitation to Tender
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L

  • LCSG - London Contracts and Supplies Group
  • LEC - Local Enterprise Company
  • LGA - Local Government Association
  • LGCQ - Local Government Competing for Quality
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M

  • MEAT - Most Economically Advantageous Tender
  • MoD - Ministry of Defence
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N

  • NAMSA - NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency
  • NAO - National Audit Office
  • NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
  • NCAGE - NATO Commercial and Government Entity (Codes)
  • NHS - National Health Service
  • NHS PASA - NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency
  • NIO - Northern Ireland Office
  • NIPRO - Nomenclature of Industrial Products (Codes)
  • NSV - National Supplier Vocabulary (Codes)
  • NUTS - Nomenclature of Statistical Territorial Units
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O

  • OGC - Office of Government Commerce
  • OGCbs - OGCbuying.solutions
  • OJEU - Official Journal of the European Union
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P

  • PFI - Private Finance Initiative
  • PIN - Periodic Indicative Notice/Prior Information Notice
  • PPP - Public Private Partnership
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S

  • SMEs - Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
  • SOLACE - Society of Local Authority Chief Executives
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T

  • TEC - Training and Enterprise Council
  • TTA - Teacher Training Agency
  • TUPE - Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)
  • TURER - Transfer of Undertakings (Retention of Employment Rights)
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U

  • UN - United Nations
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V

  • WTO - World Trade Organization
  • W3C - World Wide Web Consortium
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