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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)-
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?14 classes, 7 groups, two divisions (overlapping) not included - (nearly) don't exist in The Netherlands, div. 40 combined, split in 3 new 5th digits (subclasses), div 50 combined, split into new classes, div 62 not split into NACE 621 + 622*
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.See above, a 5th digit is added (subclasses)
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?About 830
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.It exists with new NACE and ISIC.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Statistics Netherlands.
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)Hans van Hooff,
Tel: +3170 3374894
email: hhff@cbs.nl
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.http://www.cbs.nl/
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.)All implementations describing 1993 follow the old and the new Standaard Bedrijfsindeling.
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.Each year some changes are made in the SBI reflecting national needs. No plans for revision.
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.All statistics describing our economy (employment, production, investments). Other users for statistical purposes are the Chambers of Commerce, Ministries, Banks.
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 important data for describing the economy collected (see above).
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?All important data for describing the economy collected (see above).
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.)Dutch
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)Explanatory notes and recommendations have been elaborated.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsActivities which have a place in NACE but don't reflect the Dutch situation. Interpretation of classes within computer services. What do we do with ancillary activities, holdings, converters and out sourcing units without employees.?
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))No assistance needed, but the initiative of Mark Pollard for an international email forum should be further developed. At the moment there is such a forum of Eurostat on circa. This should be used more intensively.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Some laws and licences are based on the SBI –code of the firm, many firms use it to classify their clients, marketing and mailing. The Chambres of Commerce use it and have their own version which consists of the SBI (5 digits) + a 6th digit.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Social security uses their own alternative classification based on the organisation of the industrial insurance boards. This classification is not useful for statistical purposes. Social security wants to converge with the SBI in the future.
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?Standaard Bedrijfsindeling 1974, Standard Industrial Classification 1974 (SBI'74, SIC'74).
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Inspired by ISIC and NACE.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?5
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?About 1000
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?1974
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationFormer is not used anymore.
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryStandard Industrial Classification 1993 (SIC'93)

Source: UN questionnaire, 4/1/2003