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Classification des Produits Française

Country / Area: France

Classification category: Product classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Classification des Produits Française (CPF)
French Products Classification (CPF)

The current version is CPF rev. 2.

1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Headings in French and English. Explanatory notes in French.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.http://www.insee.fr/fr/methodes/default.asp?page=nomenclatures/cpf2008/cpf2008.htm
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?CPF rev. 2 has 6 levels:
- 21 sections
- 88 divisions
- 261 groups
- 575 classes
- 1342 categories
- 3142 subcategories
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Numerical as in CPA.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.CPF rev. 2 has the same structure as CPA 2008, so related to CPC ver. 2.
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)Link at the most detailed level but different structure.
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.See methodology of CPA.
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)It depends on the sector (much more detailed in manufacturing) and the kind of statistics.
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future. 
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.CPF is used in surveys for breakdown of turnover by products, or for the calculation of economic indexes (prices and volumes). But CPF is rarely directly used : it is more a reference classification. For instance, in manufacturing, PRODFRA (very close to PRODCOM) is used. It is linked to CPA (=CPF), but more detailed.

In France, the very good link between NAF and CPF is very useful for assessing the different activities of an enterprise and to determine its main activity, as CPF is much more detailed than NAF.

CPF is more useful at the detailed levels.

4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)Only statistical use.
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?PRODFRA (very close to PRODCOM) in manufacturing and CN for international trade.
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)1.1.2008
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Same date
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Update in relationship with update of CPC 2.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)CPF rev. 1
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsCPF rev. 1 has the same structure as CPA 2003, so related to CPC ver. 1.1.
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))Same structure as CPF rev. 2.
2608 subcategories (most detail level).
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?1.1.2003
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.No.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Unnecessary
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Yes.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, in PDF, TXT, Excel, dBase, XML.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationINSEE
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquirywebsite:
contact for public information:
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/1/2012