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Standaard Bedrijfsindeling 2008

Country / Area: Netherlands

Classification category: Activity 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)Standaard Bedrijfsindeling 2008 (SBI)
SIC Netherlands 2008
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Dutch and English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.http://www.cbs.nl/nl-NL/menu/methoden/classificaties/overzicht/sbi/default.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?21 secties
88 afdelingen
271 groepen
619 klassen
926 subklassen
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.G Groot- en detailhandel; reparatie van auto’s
45 Handel in en reparatie van auto’s, motorfietsen en aanhangers
45.1 Handel in auto’s en aanhangers, eventueel gecombineerd met reparatie
45.11 Handel in en reparatie van personenauto's en lichte bedrijfsauto’s
45.11.1 Import van nieuwe personenauto's en lichte bedrijfsauto’s
45.11.2 Handel van nieuwe personenauto's en lichte bedrijfsauto’s
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.NACE for the four digits
ISIC for two digits
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)A 5th level is added for nationale purposes.
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.No deviations
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.)This question is too general. It is different for each Statistic. Statistics Netherlands follows the recommendations of Eurostat.
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.The SBI is used for all data on economic activities. The level for data collection and publishing differs, but is used to 5th digits.
There are many users outside the Statistical Office.
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.)All the examples mentioned, but also banks, assurances, municipalities, research etc etc.
In general just to have the “economic activity” dimension in their registers.
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?Yes, some go one digit further (6th digit), for instance the Chambres of Commerce. We use that information for analyses. The use of the SBI in registers of other institutions becomes more and more important because we try to use registers of third parties as source for our data to diminish the administrative burden for enterprises.
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.From 2008-2010, we follow the European Implementation rules concerning the implementation of NACE Rev.2.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?No
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Standaard Bedrijfsindeling 1993 (SBI)
SIC Netherlands 1993
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsIt is a N to M link.
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))SBI 1993
17 secties
58 afdelingen
211 groepen
491 klassen
829 subklassen
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?1993
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)?Yes
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Yes
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Yes
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)pdf, Excel
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 classificationStatistics Netherlands
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryOffice address:
Henri Faasdreef 312
2492 JP Den Haag
Infoservice: 003188 570 70 70
Info on activity classifications 0031 70 3374894 (Hans van Hooff)
Site: http://statline.cbs.nl/statweb/
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantThe international fora (newsgroups) on ISIC and NACE are very important and useful to harmonise the use and to learn from each other.

Source: UN questionnaire, 7/26/2012