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Determination of the real source for an item of supply is one of the most important prerequisites for proper application of the Uniform System of Item Identification (STANAG No 3151). It is the source where documentation will be obtained from and its location normally gives advice for codification responsibility.
NATO Codification System uses NATO Commercial and Governmental Entity (NCAGE) codes principally to identify manufacturers, NCAGEs are broadly used in many countries in a variety of logistics processes. As such, they are often assigned to a variety of organizations, including distributors, standards bodies, government organizations, and service providers.
Within the NATO Codification System the term MANUFACTURER covers the whole range of possible sources for technical data for items entering the supply systems of participating countries.
The primary use of organizational entity coding is in ADP operations related to logistics programs, such as codification, standardization, and procurement. Following types of organizations/functions are eligible for NCAGE Code assignment;