Who we are

The United Kingdom National Codification Bureau are a team of MOD civilian Codification specialists. We are part of the DE&S Support Enablers Operating Centre (SEOC) within the Support Chain Process (SCP) portfolio. UKNCB, and its predecessor organisations, were established in the 1960s, and collocated to Kentigern House in Glasgow in 1986, along with the RN Codification Authority, followed by the subsequent collocation and centralisation of RAF, Army and International Codification Authorities. The UKNCB uses the NATO Codification System (NCS), the biggest and most comprehensive codification and cataloguing system in the world. Over 60 countries are members of the NCS and its 17 million NATO stock numbers. It provides a common ‘language of logistics’, boosting the effectiveness of our armed forces, reducing costs and facilitating both national and coalition operations.