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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)-
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?-
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.CPF = CPA
Seven levels. The structure of CPA is related to the one of NACE, not to the one of CPC
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?Comme CPA approx. 2600
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.CPF = CPA -> CPC (provisional)
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.INSEE
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)Emile BRUNEAU,
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.)CPF : Décret 92-1129 du 2.10.92 pour mise en oeuvre à compter du 1.1.93 (en précèdant la CPA).
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.By EU regulation : mandatory CPF rev1 (2003) based on the CPA 2002.
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.Toutes statistiques impliquant un classement par produits (en parallèle avec les nomenclatures douanières pour les marchandises). Sous des formes parfois détaillées (Prodcom) ou agrégées (C. Affaire).
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.)Variable selon les domaines: il existe zones sans collecte (p. ex. 75), zones à collecte plus détaillée (production et échanges au section D), zones à collecte spécifique (agriculture). La CPF(CPA) plus outil coordination qu'une grille collecte directe.
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?Le niveau détaillée des indices (production, prix de vente, …) peut être un peu aménagé en fonction du détail des indicateurs relevés.
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.)French (will also be in English).
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Yes, including explanatory notes for goods.
Common publishing with NAF including methodology.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsA lot…
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))We offer help and assistance.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification??? near nothing
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Prodcom (Ministry of Manufacturing, Statistical department of the Ministry of Agriculture).
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.Yes
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Nomenclature (d'Activités et) de Products 1973 - NAP 73, 1973 Industry and Product French Classification
+ Detailed product classification (NODEP)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Through the National Custom classification deriverd from CN.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?90/600 + 3000
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?+ niveau agrégé en 16 et 40
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?90/600: 1973; 15/40: 1975; 3000: 1985
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNothing
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryFrench Products Classification -CPF

Source: UN questionnaire, 4/1/2003