numeric codes: the federal supply group and the
federal supply class. The federal supply group
identifies, by title, the commodity area covered by the
classes within each group.
An example of a Federal Supply Group and its
classes is as follows:
NATIONAL STOCK NUMBERS
Every item in the Federal Supply Catalog is
identified by a 13-digit stock number referred to as
National Stock Number (NSN). The national stock
number (NSN) for an item of supply consists of a
four-digit federal supply classification (FSC group and
class) and a nine-digit national item identification
number (NIIN). The NIIN consists of a two-digit
national codification bureau (NCB) code and seven
digits that, in conjunction with the NCB code, identify
each NSN item in the Federal Supply Distribution
The National Item Identification Number is a
nine-digit number that identifies each item of supply
used by the Department of Defense. Although the
NIIN is part of the NSN, it is used independently to
identify an item within a classification. Unlike the
FSC, the NIIN is assigned serially, without regard for
the name, description, or classification of the item.
An example NSN is:
NAVY ITEM CONTROL NUMBERS
Navy Item Control Numbers (NICN) identify
items of material (such as pencils, staplers, sutures,
and medications) that are not included in the FSC but
are stocked in the Navy supply system. These numbers
are 13-digits and are assigned by inventory control
LOCAL ITEM CONTROL NUMBERS
Technically, any item identification number
assigned by an activity for its own use is a Navy Item
Control Number. To distinguish between NICNs that
are authorized in supply transaction documents and
those that are not, the term Local Item Control Number
(LICN) is often used.
A full explanation of the
composition of NIINs, NICNs, and LICNs is contained
in Afloat Supply Procedures, NAVSUP P-485.
Although cognizance symbols are not part of the
NSN, they are used as supply management codes that
identify the Navy inventory manager for the specific
category of material requisitioned.
consists of two parts, one numeric and one alphabetic.
For example, the symbol for all Navy-owned bulk
medical material is 9L.
FEDERAL SUPPLY CATALOG, MEDICAL
The Federal Supply Catalog contains all standard
stock items available to agencies of the United States
It furnishes identification and
management data for single-manager supply items.
The sections of the catalog that are of special interest to
the Hospital Corpsman are those dealing with medical
items, as listed in the NAVSUP P-485, volume I,
Each subsection deals with specific
categories of material.
The following is a description of the subsections of
Federal Supply Catalog, Medical Material, 6500
Introductionprovides a general overview of
the contents and use of the catalog.
Alphabetical Indexcontains a list of item
names, colloquial names, synonyms, common
names, and trade names, referenced to index
numbers, that help locate an item within the
Glossary of Colloquial Names and
Therapeutic Index (6505/6508 subsection
only)contains colloquial names, synonyms,
and trade names arranged in alphabetical order
and cross-referenced to appropriate National
Items are also classified by
Medical, Dental, and
Veterinary Supplies and
- Drugs Biological, and
- Medicated Cosmetics
- Surgical Dressing