About ECCMA 2019-01-16T06:20:21+00:00

ECCMA Milestones

  • ECCMA founded

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

  • ECCMA establishes offices in Vellore, India

    Technical campus to further the development and implementation of standards for data quality

  • 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 good and services

  • Appointed US TAG Administrator for ISO TC 184/SC4

    Committee responsible for the development of ISO 22745 and ISO 8000 (Industrial Data)

  • 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

  • ISO 8000-110 published

    Exchange of characteristic data in machine readable format

  • ISO 22745-30 published

    Representation of identification guides

  • ISO 8000-120 published

    Establishment of provenance in the exchange of characteristic data

  • 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

  • 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

  • ISO 22745-40 published

    Representation of master data in XML

  • ISO/TS 8000-1 published

    Principles of data quality and structure of ISO 8000

  • 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

  • ECCMA develops eMDV

    ISO 8000 compliant web-based cataloging application facilitating Cataloguing at Source (C@S)

  • ECCMA launches SDFx Builder

    Free tools to create ISO 8000 quality item descriptions

  • ECCMA introduces ALEI

    Authoritative Legal Entity Identifier based on the ISO 8000-115 standard

  • ISO 8000-115 published

    Exchange of quality identifiers


The Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA), is a member based, international not-for-profit association committed to improving data quality through the implementation of international standards. ECCMA is the current project leader for the development of ISO 8000 and ISO 22745, which are the international standards for data quality and the exchange of material and service master data.

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.