Apr, 1999

ECCMA founded.
To develop the UNSPSC, a universal classification system widely used in eCommerce, by combining the UNDP and Dun & Bradstreet classification systems.

Jul, 2002

ECCMA establishes offices in Vellore, India.
Technical campus to further the development and implementation of standards for data quality.

Oct, 2004

ECCMA enters MoU with NATO AC/135 to develop eOTD.
An open technical dictionary based on the NATO Codification System which uses public domain concept identifiers to unambiguously describe goods and services.

May, 2008

ECCMA appointed US TAG Administrator for ISO TC 184/SC4.
Committee responsible for the development of ISO 22745 and ISO 8000 (Industrial Data).

Mar, 2009

ISO 22745-1 published – Open technical dictionaries and their application to master data.
ISO 22745-11 published – Guidelines for the formulation of terminology.
ISO 22745-13 published – Identification of concepts and terminology.
ISO 22745-20 published – Procedures for the maintenance of an open technical dictionary.

May, 2009

ISO 8000-110 published.
Exchange of characteristic data in machine readable format.

Jun, 2009

ISO 22745-30 published.
Representation of identification guides.

Aug, 2009

ISO 8000-120 published.
Establishment of provenance in the exchange of characteristic data.

Dec, 2009

ISO 8000-2 published – Vocabulary relating to master data quality.
ISO 8000-130 published – Accuracy in the exchange of characteristic data.
ISO 8000-140 published – Completeness in the exchange of characteristic data.

Jan, 2010

ECCMA appointed US TAG Administrator and Secretariat for ISO TC 184/SC5.
Committee responsible for the development of ISO 22745 and ISO 8000 (Interoperability, integration, and architectures for enterprise systems and automation applications).

Apr, 2010

ISO 22745-40 published.
Representation of master data in XML.

Dec, 2011

ISO/TS 8000-1 published.
Principles of data quality and structure of ISO 8000.

Sep, 2013

ECCMA announces eNLI based on the ECCMA 1 standard.
The eNLI converts GPS co-ordinates to a 14 character code for easy sharing of location information.

Mar, 2015

ECCMA develops eMDV.
ISO 8000 compliant web-based cataloging application facilitating Cataloging at the Source (C@S).

Mar, 2017

ECCMA launches SDFx Builder.
Free tools to create ISO 8000 quality item descriptions.

Feb, 2018

ECCMA introduces ALEI.
Authoritative Legal Entity Identifier based on the ISO 8000-115 standard.

Apr, 2018

ISO 8000-115 published.
Exchange of quality identifiers.

Sep, 2019

ISO 8000-116 published.
Authoritative Legal Entity Identifiers (ALEI).


The Code Management Association (ECCMA) was founded in 1999 as an international not-for-profit membership association; it is owned by its members.

ECCMA is a Standards Development Organization (SDO) recognized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

ECCMA is a Category A liaison to ISO and the ANSI appointed administrator of the US Technical Advisory Group to the ISO committees ISO/TC 184 (Automation systems and integration), SC 4 (Industrial data) and SC 5 (Interoperability, integration, and architectures for enterprise systems and automation applications).

ECCMA provides its members with data driven strategic sourcing and supply chain digital transformation through international standards.

ECCMA is the current project leader for the development of ISO 8000, ISO 22745, and ISO 25500 which are the international standards for data quality, the exchange of material and service master data, and supply chain interoperability and integration.

ECCMA provides a platform for collaboration amongst subject experts on data quality and data governance around the world to build and maintain global, open standard dictionaries that are used to unambiguously label information. The existence of these dictionaries of labels allows information to be passed from one computer system to another without losing meaning.


ECCMA was established in April 1999 at the behest of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to merge the Dun and Bradstreet Standard Product and Services Classification (SPSC) with the United Nations Common Coding System (UNCCS).

Using these two classifications as well as other international classification systems, ECCMA developed a new international commodity classification, the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code or the UNSPSC as it is commonly known. This new classification was primarily designed for spend analysis to serve the needs of purchasing card issuers (VISA, Master Card, American Express).

In June 2001, ECCMA was invited to an ISO meeting on “product property dictionaries for e-commerce, logistics and engineering products”. A number of representatives from NATO Codification Bureau’s (NCB) were present, and this led to an idea being mooted to develop a new international standard for cataloguing based on the NATO Codification System, that would bridge the gap between military cataloguing and commercial cataloguing.

As a part of this endeavour, ECCMA developed an Open Technical Dictionary, the eOTD, which became the foundation for ISO 22745, the international standard for the exchange of material and service master data. This was rapidly followed by ISO 8000, a new international standard for master data quality that evolved into the international standard for data and information quality.

Supported by its dedicated staff and international membership ECCMA has invested approximately 800,000 hours in improving the quality of master data.


To foster the development, growth and adoption of International Standards for Master Data Quality, through an international association of industry and government master data managers working collaboratively to increase the quality and lower the cost of descriptions of individuals, organizations, goods and services.

Board Members

Peter Benson

Sheron Koshy

Justin Magruder

Hayley Thompson

Ronald Tse

Joseph A. Yacura

Emeritus Directors

Frank Fitzsimmons

Bern Werner

Don Brown

Larry Barth

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