CLASSIFICATIONS
International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (1948)


General description
Full title: International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities, Revision 1
Abbreviation: ISIC
Originating authority: United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
Legal basis: No legal basis as such; approved by the Statistical Commission of the UN approved by the Statistical Commission in May 1948
Current status: No longer operational. Superseded by: International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities, First Revision (ISIC Rev. 1)
Implementation date: 1948
Predecessor classification(s): None
Succint description: The International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities is intended to meet the needs for data classified according to internationally comparable categories of kind of economic activity. It is in nature of a reconciliation of the differing national requirements and possibilities, with emphasis on the international needs for comparable data. Hence ISIC is not necessarily identical with the classification of any country. Its purpose is not to supersede national classifications, but to provide a framework for the international comparison of national statistics.
Usage: Activities
Main statistical applications: Population statistics; industrial and distributive-trade statistics; national accounts.
Media through which available: Hardcopy and electronic copy: from the undermentioned responsible agency
Language(s): English; French; Spanish
Address of responsible agency: United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
Mr. Ralf Becker
Statistical Classifications Section
2 UN Plaza
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
E-mail: chl@un.org