Organization identifiers

Normally, publishers collect legal identifiers from the organizations that are part of the contracting process. Organization identifiers can be provided in OCDS by identifying the organization registers used in the source data, choosing an appropiate organization register prefix for each one, and identifying the organizational ID for each registry or list and organization in the data.

Use to find the code for the register your identifiers are drawn from. If no code exists for the register, contact the OCDS Helpdesk to register an organization list.

If a publisher chooses not to register an organization list with, the publisher ought to describe the organization list in a publication policy, and needs to ensure that its prefix doesn't collide with a list code in

Worked example

The Government of UK uses identifiers from the UK Companies House to uniquely identify suppliers. The UK Companies House has an entry in, which specifies the "GB-COH" code for the registry. IBM has been assigned the company number ‘04336774’ by the Companies House. The globally unique organization identifier for IBM can then be expressed as in the identifier section in the sample below:

    "identifier": {
        "scheme": "GB-COH",
        "id": "04336774",
        "legalName": "IBM LP LIMITED",
        "uri": ""
    "additionalIdentifiers": [
            "scheme": "GB-VAT",
            "id": "GB107328000",
            "legalName": "IBM UK LIMITED"
    "name": "IBM",
    "address": {
        "streetAddress": "76, 78 Upper Ground",
        "locality": "London",
        "region": "London",
        "postalCode": "SE1 9PZ",
        "countryName": "United Kingdom"
    "contactPoint": {
        "name": "Contracts Team",
        "email": "",
        "telephone": "+44 (0) 370 909 9997"
    "roles": [
    "id": "GB-COH-04336774"

The publisher also collects two extra identifiers, which are disclosed in the additionalIdentifiers block. The first one is the VAT identification number for suppliers. Note that the VAT registry is not present in, but the publisher followed the instructions in the org-id meta-data guide to build the "GB-VAT" code used in the scheme field: the two-letter country prefix ("GB") plus a short abbreviation for the registry ("VAT"). The publisher checked that it does not conflict with any list code in