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Worldwide consultation on the revision of COICOP

The Expert Group on International Statistical Classifications is preparing for a potential revision of the Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (COICOP).

At recent meetings of the Expert Group, the need for a revision of COICOP was discussed and the Expert Group is now taking the first steps to ascertain the need and scope for a revision, based on feedback from users of the classification. The Expert Group has agreed that broad participation in the planning phase for this revision is a crucial factor for its success.

Classification experts from a number of different countries are represented in the Expert Group, but we realize that a much wider participation in the revision process of an international classification is necessary, in particular in identifying problem areas in the classification. In order to allow all interested parties to participate and provide input into the various stages of the revision process, in the first stage all countries should be given the opportunity to voice their concerns and communicate their opinions on the scope and purpose of the classifications revision.

A questionnaire has been developed asking for input into the discussion of the revised classification. The Expert Group will use this information to come to a conclusion on the scope and character of changes in the revision that are necessary. The outcome of this first step in the revision process will determine the direction of the work and what kind of follow-up actions are necessary, including specialized questionnaires or special expert meetings.

The questionnaire solicits input on a range of topics that have been pre-drafted in major categories, namely:

  • Conceptual and structural issues
  • Cross-cutting issues
  • Content and boundary issues

However, responses do not have to be restricted to these categories or the presented list of topics.

COICOP revision questionnaire
Questionnaire sur la COICOP
Cuestionario sobre la CCIF

The questionnaire has been sent to national statistical offices, as well as regional and international organizations. Guidelines on how to use the questionnaire are included in the questionnaire text itself.

The deadline for responses is 30 November 2012.

Responses will be reviewed by a Subgroup of the Expert Group before the next meeting of the Expert Group in 2013.