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Country / Area: France

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)-
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.From NACE to NAF (500 to 700 items)
New coding system at the fourth digit
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?700
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Yes
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.)Décret 92-1129 du 2.10.92 pour mise en oeuvre à compter du 1.1.93
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.2003: NAF rev 1 based on the NACE rev 1.1
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 activité, y compris sous des formes agrégées ou détaillées. Le code APE (activité principale exercée des 4 millions d'unités du répertoire est une donnée publique.
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.)Toutes variables attachées à une unité statistique peuvent être classées par activité. Niveau de détail dépendant du croisement, p. ex., moins précis en régional qu'en national.
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?Publication le plus souvent sous la forme regroupée de la NES (Classification for studies and summaries).
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 and 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
The same publishing than the CPF with a methodological introduction
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classifications……
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?Le code APE étant public est une référence commode plus ou moins utilisé dans des applications non statistiques: références pour les conventions collectives, caisses de retraite, organismes de formation, tarification du règlement par carte, élections.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?NAP 73, Nomenclature d'Activités (et de Produits) de 1973. 1973 Industry (and Product) French Classification table
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?NACE 70 (roughly)
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Approximately 90 (2 chiffres)/600 (4 chiffres) + Agrégation économique en 16 et 40
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?650
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?1973
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNothing since 1998.
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryFrench Industry Classification (NAF)

Source: UN questionnaire, 4/1/2003