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Country / Area: Iran, Islamic Republic of

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?For completing the list of ministries, foundations, government and private institutes and companies, the Category R entitled "Central Offices and Departments" was added. Also some changes was occured in Class-Level and consist of splitting, combining, elimination and adding new codes
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.In the last updating, the most changes was in Class-Level and consist of splitting, combining, elimination and adding new codes, but in division 50 we had to consider some changes in groups. So, codes 513 and 523 were eliminated and 6 new codes were added to Group-Level codes. For example codes:
516: Wholesale of textiles, clothing and shoes,

517: Wholesale of household appliances,
518: Wholesale of medical and surgery appliances, articles and equipment, and other medical activities goods,

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?18 sections, 63 divisions, 166 groups and 454 classes
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.Bureau of Statistical Standards and Definitions, Statistical Center of Iran
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)Mohammad Normohammadi
Tel: 0098218965460
E-mail: noormohammadi@sci.org.ir
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.SCI
Post Box 14155-613
Dr Fatemi Avenue
14144 Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

E-mail: noormohammadi@sci.org.ir

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.)In 1964, the first adoption was made by Ministry of Economic base on ISIC2; it was updated by SCI in 1976 and 1986. In 1990 it was revised by SCI base on ISIC3 and in 2002 it was updated.
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.Because of implementation of General Census of Population and housing in 2006, It will be revised according to ISIC 3.1 in the middle of 2004.
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.At present, it is used in surveys, but in near future it will be used for Administration Records too.
The most users of it, are Ministry of Mines and Industries; Ministry of Commerce.
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.)This classification is used in more than 35 sample surveys and indicators, for example in preparing Input-Output Tables, Sampling from Enterprise, Mine, Public and private Parking,... . In some cases it is collected at levels 4 or 3, but most of them are collected at level 4.
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?In most cases, it publishes at level 4.
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.)Persian
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
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThere were some problems in the boundary to classify some Activities.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Ministry of Mines and Industries; Ministry of Commerce, Management and Planning Organization, Ministry of Economic and Central Bank uses this classification for tax, customs, enterprise register.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?No
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.------
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?طبقه بندي رشته فعاليتهاي اقتصادي ايران 1990
Iranian Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC) -1990
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)? 4 Levels (18 sections, 63 divisions ,162 groups and 358 class)
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?358 items
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?1990
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationIt is not used.
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryIran Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC) -2002

Source: UN questionnaire, 5/24/2004