In Public Procurement there are generally three procurement categories: goods, works and services.
Goods are physical products purchased or manufactured on request farmbrazil.com.br. There is usually an element of service involved, such as when the agreement is for the purchase of goods to be assembled and/or installed. However, the extent of the service provided is directly related to acceptance of the goods purchased. Typical examples of goods are: office supplies and equipment, furniture, IT equipment, books, vehicles, medical supplies and other commodities.
Works are related to civil works; this includes new construction of structures of all kinds (buildings, highways, bridges, etc), renovations, extensions, and repairs. This category can also include, water and sanitation, transportation and electrical plant infrastructure.
Services are classified as consulting services and non-consulting services. In some cases, they are simply classified as services because of the difficulty, at times, in clearly determining the difference. The distinguishing factor between the two, however, is the degree of importance of the measurable physical output of the requirement.
Consulting services are usually intellectual in nature and are considered technical services the output of which is not equipment intensive. Advisory and project related services are typical consulting services; which includes: feasibility studies, project management, engineering services, finance and accounting services, training and development, to mention a few.
Non-consulting services, on the other hand, usually involve the used of equipment and specific methodologies to achieve their objectives. Some typical examples of non-consulting services are: equipment maintenance and repair, operation and maintenance services, utility management, installation and maintenance services, surveys and field investigations, and similar.
Goods and works are usually provided by firms, but consulting and non-consulting services are generally provided by firms as well as individuals.