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Country / Area: Brazil

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)We are working in the comparison and harmonization of national classification of prices with COICOP
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?There are many differences between the structure of the national classification and COICOP;
Bycicles in COICOP is in the Transport Group while in the national classification is included in the Recreational Group.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Structure is not identical to international standard.
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?9 groups, while in COICOP there are 12 divisions, and 512 itens at the most detailed level.
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.IBGE - Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística
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)Marcia Quintslr
Telephone number (55) 21 42 45 27
e-mail marciaq@ibge.gov.br
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.ibge.gov.br/concla (our web classification)
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.)April 1979 - National System of Consumption Prices Indexes
August 1999 - National System of Consumption Prices Indexes
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.Next revision: 2005
We are planning the implementation of COICOP, based on the experience in the harmonization of price index in Mercosul and Chile.
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.IBGE
  • National System of Consumption Prices Indexes

    Outside Statistical Office

  • Consumption Prices Indexes developed by other institutions
  • 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.)IBGE - National System of Consumption Prices Indexes
    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?IBGE - National System of Consumption Prices Indexes
    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.)Portuguese 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?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)Yes
    5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThere are some restrictions on Interpretation of some results and international comparisons.
    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 have been working in of harmonization of the national classification with COICOP in the context of Mercosul. Information about other experiences can be important.
    Supporting documents
    6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?No
    6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?7 groups and 333 items at the most detailed level.
    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)1979
    Contact information
    7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNational Prices Indexes

    Source: UN questionnaire, 9/8/2003