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Klasyfikacja Spożycia Indywidualnego według Celu

Country / Area: Poland

Classification category: Expenditure 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)Klasyfikacja Spożycia Indywidualnego według Celu (COICOP) (Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP))
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?COICOP is available in the Polish and English languages
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.COICOP is accessible in electronic form on the Eurostat and OECD servers
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?Considering the fact that the unit responsible for the COFOG classification is the United Nations Statistical Division, we are not able to respond to the questions connected with the structure of the classification.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level. 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.COICOP is based on the Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (UN, 1999)
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)The classification structure is identical to the international standard.
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.There are no deviations from the international standard
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.)Data for international comparability is available at the level of divisions and groups.
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.Not applicable
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.According to the COICOP data are collected and presented concerning, for example:
- expenditures in the household sector – at the level III
- consumption of products in the household sector – at the level IV
- consumer price indexes and harmonised consumer price indexes (CPI and HICP). Data is collected at the level of elementary aggregates. For HICP data is published at the class level. For CPI data is published at different levels, depending on the given group of products. A more detailed division can also be made available on request.

According to the COICOP, data is collected and presented for the needs of surveys on the parities of purchasing power of currencies (PPP) conducted within the Eurostat-OECD PPP Program.

COICOP-HBS – in surveys on household budgets – at all levels of the classification.

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.)No information on the use of subject classifications for non-statistical purposes is available.
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?Each institution can create registers, lists or indexes for their own needs on the basis of classification standards.
Statistical offices use national standards or the ones directly introduced by the European Commission/Council of the European Communities or the Statistical Commission of the United Nations Organization.
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.) 
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Household budget survey: used since 1998
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?COICOP-PPP has undegone a modification consisting in the introduction of lower levels of detail (the fifth level) and harmonisation with the COICOP used in the HICP and HBS surveys.
A new harmonised version of the COICOP will be implemented for use in the near future.
COICOP-HBS revision since 2013 r.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Not applicable
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNot applicable
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))Not applicable
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Not applicable
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Not applicable
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?COICOP - translation of international explanatory notes and guidelines have been made.
COICOP-HBS is included in the „ Organisational and Methodological Instruction for the Surveys of Household Budgets for Years 2010-2012. Book 2.”
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Not applicable
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Not applicable
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)In PDF
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Not applicable
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationMethodology, Standards and Registers Division in the Central Statistical Office ,
00-925 Warsaw, 208 Niepodległości Av.
tel.: (+48 22) 608 30 00
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryNot applicable
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/14/2012