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Author's profile photo Syed Salman

UNSPSC in Material Master

The United Nations Standard Products and Services Code [UNSPSC] is a coding system for goods and services. It enables buyers and sellers to describe goods and services in a common way without referring to any suppliers’ in-house catalogue codes and descriptions.

The UNSPSC framework adopts a four or five level classification, using the labels:

  • Segment
  • Family
  • Class
  • Commodity
  • Business Function (optional).

UNSPSC Taxonomy

41116201 represents Glucose Monitors





Recommended Approaches for mapping in SAP:

  • Custom Table-Field Mapping

Here we would have a maintainable Table which would consist of following:

This table would be mapped to a field identified in the Material Master preferably Ext Material Group.

With the use of F4, the list of selection options would be displayed.

The biggest advantage is easy data maintenance and also changes can be tracked efficiently.

In case of change in nomenclature we can add/edit/delete the table entries and hence regulate the selection screen options.

  • Classification in Material Master

Here we are making use of Class Type 001 in the classification of the material master.

001-Material Class

For this purpose we define the following characteristics:

  1. UNSPSC Segment

2. UNSPSC Family

3. UNSPSC Class

4. UNSPSC Commodity

5. UNSPSC Business Function (optional).

Here each characteristic corresponds to 1 level of nomenclature.

The values for each segment/family/class/commodity can be defined in the Characteristics.

These characteristics are then linked to a class and in turn the class is mapped to the Material Code.


Hope this gives you a better idea regarding the UNSPSC nomenclature and introducing the same in the material master.

Please do share if you have a different approach to tackle this scenario.

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      Author's profile photo sap MM
      sap MM

      Hi Mr.Syed,

      Thanks for the content. Appreciate your efforts. May you please explain further about the use of custom table. When class is linked to characteristics in what way custom table help here. Although nomenclature is changeable via table how can the same is reflected in class. Will that still work without any issue.

      Thanks and Regards





      Author's profile photo Hakan Cervin
      Hakan Cervin

      I do not think you need a custom table, unless you need to map UNSPSC to another standard or system. Simply maintain the required UNSPSC codes in standard SAP table TWEW. However, if there are many codes you may want to load them with LSMW or similar.

      If you use the classification system instead of the external material group field to store UNSPSC, you do not need to load all UNSPSC codes in advance, unless you want to restrict the list of allowed values.

      If you want to auto-assign the UNSPSC codes to the material masters, consider using Refresh from Fresh International.

      Author's profile photo c satheesh kumar
      c satheesh kumar

      Hi Syed Salman,

      Thanks for the content, I have the same requirement for update UNSPSC Code(UNSPSC Commodity) in External Material Group field, for that can you please explain in detail how to achieve this functionality using Custom Table Filed Mapping.