NICE Internet Publication Help

Version 2.13


NICE Internet Publication Help




Class headings

General Remarks



URL-based access API



Welcome to the internet publication of the NICE classification. This publication provides online access to editions of the classification. Several views of the data are provided including hierarchical and alphabetical lists and a search feature.

The horizontal tabs describe the terms and remarks for a given edition of the classification:

  • Classes tab describes each class and lists the goods or services in a flat or tree structure comprised of hierarchy groups
  • Alphabetical tab lists goods or services in alphabetical order
  • Class Headings tab displays the full list of class headers and explanatory notes.
  • General Remarks tab statically displays the general remarks of the NICE classification
  • Modifications tab summarizes changes to the classification since the previous edition-version
  • Search tab helps find a specific term or basic number in the classification

NCL Guide

In the action selection area, just above “Edition-Version”, the GUIDANCE link takes you to the NICE Guidance to the user file.

Browser compatibility

Browser compatibility was tested with:  Internet Explorer 9 and IE10, Firefox 29 and 35, and Chrome 32 and 40. Other browsers may work as well but haven’t been tested enough to ensure full compatibility.


There are two distinct language components in the NICE publication, the interface language and the data language. The interface language is used to control the display of menus, options, tab names, and headings in the classification. The data language is used to control the display of the content of the classification, and allows for a side-by-side bilingual display, regardless of the interface language.

Choosing an interface language

The interface language can be changed in the upper right-hand corner of the classification above the search box. Clicking ‘Français’ will switch to French display if the interface is currently in English. Clicking ‘English’ will switch to English display if the interface is currently rendered in French.



The Classes tab allows selecting a class of goods or services and viewing the terms in that class.

NICE navigation

The selection menu for the Classes tab shown on its left side contains the following elements:



The edition-version drop-down selector on the left side of the screen allows you to change the edition version currently displayed in all tabs of the internet publication. For older edition-versions that cannot be displayed in NICEPUBPREP, links to previous files are displayed.

The edition version can also be linked directly in the address bar as where YYMMDD is the date the given edition version goes into force.


Class selector interface divided into the 34 classes of goods and 11 classes of services. Click any one of the class numbers to view the indications corresponding to that class.


Users on a slow internet connection can tick the “Pagination” checkbox on the left interaction bar to split the list into more manageable pieces.

When pagination is enabled, a list of page numbers is displayed above the list of goods or services on the right side with previous and next links to navigate between pages.

In flat mode, pagination splits the list into pages of about 100 goods or services each. The two hierarchical modes are split in a more complicated fashion. The system will automatically ensure that the goods and services for a given hierarchy group are all on the same page, but two subgroups of a given hierarchy group may fall on different pages. When this occurs, the missing parent groups on a subsequent page are included at the top of the list to help identify where the given hierarchy group fits into the overall class taxonomy. These breadcrumb groups are displayed in a darker color to indicate that the previous page contained additional content for those groups.


Four configurations are available in Authentic Languages: English, French, Bilingual with English on left, and Bilingual with French on left.

To visit the NICE Classification in other language combinations, click in the “OTHER” dropdown menu.


Provides access to other language versions of NICE Classification (as established by some national authorities), and  databases.


The three view modes render the same list of goods and services in different ways:

The Full and Hierarchical modes show the taxonomy structure of goods and services within their respective hierarchy groups.

-       In full mode, the entire tree of hierarchy groups with their associated goods or services is displayed. All groups are visible in an indented tree structure.

-       Hierarchical mode displays the groups in the taxonomy tree in a collapsed state. Click on a hierarchy group title to expand it and view the indications of individual goods or services under it. Subgroups can be similarly expanded. Clicking the hierarchy group title a second time will collapse it once more. When expanded, the title will show a plus icon (). When collapsed, a minus icon () is displayed. When the Hierarchy group is empty, a dot icon  is displayed.

-       Flat mode displays all the goods or services in the class in a single list.

The terms are sorted in alphabetical order of the sort expression, which is highlighted in bold for each indication.

Synonym indications, if there are any, are displayed beside the master indication. Synonym indications are separated from the master and other synonym indications by a ‘/’ character.


Regardless of view mode, the class heading is displayed at the top of the page.

-       The “Explanatory Notes” checkbox on the left interaction bar can be ticked to display the explanatory notes for the class under the class heading.

-       The “Basic Numbers” checkbox toggles whether or not basic numbers for each term are displayed to the left of that term.



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NICE Presentation Details

Bridge function

Clicking on this icon next to each indication will open a pop-up window; clicking on one of the offered choices in the pop-up window either displays the closest corresponding indication in the selected language version or initiates a search in the selected database with the respective indication as parameter.

PDF view

Clicking on this icon next to the Class number title opens the corresponding Class in PDF format.

Information files  

Any class heading, hierarchy group, or individual good or service may have an information file associated with it. If such a file exists, this information icon is displayed beside the class heading, hierarchy group title, or specific indication.

Click this icon to open the information file in a new window or tab, depending on how your browser is configured. Links to other classes inside the information file will open in the original window. In order for the original window to be brought to the foreground when a link is clicked in the information files window, Firefox users must ensure the Tools --> Options --> Content --> Advanced (the button next to "Enable JavasScript") --> Raise or lower windows option has been enabled.

Background color

The following color coding is applied to backgrounds of NICE entries:

-       Hierarchic titles are highlighted with a pale orange background.

-       Occurrences of searched indications are highlighted with a green background.

Linked basic numbers

When clicking an hyperlinked basic numbers, the corresponding indication will be displayed in the Class tab highlighted with a green background.



Visit the Alphabetical tab to see a list of goods or services in alphabetical order.

If a given good or service has synonym indications, it will appear in the alphabetical list one time for each synonym. Additionally, if any one indication has multiple sort expressions, it appears in the list at multiple locations, once for each sort expression.

Each indication is listed with its class in the leftmost column.

Click the class number to view that class in the Class tab.


Select a letter of the alphabet from either the goods or services table to view the list.


On slow internet connections, pagination works as for the Class tab, with a page navigation sequence above the list of indications. Click a specific number to jump to that page, or use the “next” and “previous” links to navigate in sequence.


Class headings

This tab displays the full list of class headers and explanatory notes.

The tab initially shows, on the left menu, a class selector interface divided into the 34 classes of goods and 11 classes of services. Click any one of the class numbers to view the class headings.


PDF view

Clicking on this icon next to the “List of Classes with explanatory notes” title opens the full list of classes with explanatory notes in PDF format.

General Remarks

The general remarks tab is a static page displaying the entire contents of the General Remarks in French, English, or two bilingual configurations.

Specific classes mentioned in the General Remarks tab are linked to the named class on the Class tab. Clicking these links load the class in the Class tab maintaining the view mode last used to view information on that tab.



The modifications tab:

-          Summarizes textual changes to the general remarks, class headings, explanatory notes, and good or service indications.

-          Shows modifications to the list of goods or services for each class, including new goods or services added to the system, deleted goods or services, and transfers from one class to another.

-          Shows modifications to the taxonomy structure as explained below under “Taxonomy modifications”.


Each modified good or service is displayed in a separate row. Modifications to the same indication in different languages are shown one above the other.

In the case of transfers, the class and basic number that the good or service has been transferred from or to is also listed.

Clicking in the Basic Number will take you to the concerned indication displayed in the Classes tab. The concerned indication will be highlight with a green background.

Pagination can be enabled for a given class; the page navigator is displayed above the list of modifications.


Presentation rules

The text of the entries and their amendments is displayed according to the following convention:

  • non-modified text: black characters
  • new entries: green text
  • inserted text: green text
  • deleted entry: red strikethrough text
  • deleted text: red strikethrough text


Taxonomy modifications:

  • Group titles are highlighted with a pale orange background.
  • When the group is empty, a dot icon  is displayed
  • New group: green text.
  • Deleted group: red strikethrough text.
  • Modified title of a group: The text modifications are shown in green text (new text) and red strikethrough text (deleted text).
  • Group moved from one place to another place within the same Class: Title in old place displayed as red strikethrough text. Title in the new place displayed as green text.
  • Group moved from one Class to another Class: Title in the old Class displayed as red strikethrough text  + number of the new Class. Title in the new Class displayed as green text + number of the old Class. If there are at the same time modifications of the title, these modifications are not specifically shown, i.e. the old title will appear in the old Class and the new title will appear in the new Class entirely in green.
  • Indication moved from one group to another group within the same Class: the same color convention is used as for groups, in the old and in the new group. If there are at the same time modifications in the title, these modifications are not specifically displayed.
  • Indication moved from one Class to another: This is not displayed as a Taxonomy modification.



The search tab is the most interactive tab in the NICE Classification Internet publication.

Search parameters are remembered between searches in case you need to alter an existing search. This is specifically useful for identifying different classes to search.


Basic No. or Search Terms

Basic Number Search

To look up a good or service basic number, type a six digit number into the “Basic No. or Search Terms” box. As soon as a six digit number is recognized, other inputs on the search form are disabled and the search button label is changed to reflect a basic number lookup. Click the button or press enter on the search field to perform the search.

Provided the Basic Number is a valid good or service in the Classification, the results page contains information about the class and, optionally, the taxonomy of hierarchy groups containing the requested good or service. Only those groups that are direct ancestors of the requested term are displayed, and their representation depends on the same view mode selectors described for the Class tab. The information file icons are displayed with the search results, in the same way as displays on the Class tab.

Term Search

If anything other than a six digit number is entered into the search box, a term search is performed. Optionally choose to limit the search to specific classes and have the option to enable or disable searching of information files.

The search engine is indexed separately for English and French languages. When a bilingual data language is selected, the search only occurs in the first language. The search index automatically takes care of word stemming and other patterns based on the grammars of the primary data language.

If a list of several terms separated by spaces is introduced, either the Boolean operator OR, or the operator AND is applied between the terms, according to the choice of the radio button.  Alternatively, combinations of Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT, wildcards etc. can be introduced in the Search Terms box.  For more information see “Search Syntax” below.

The Search form can be submitted either by clicking the “Search” button or pressing the enter key on any of the input fields.

At the top of the search results page, a table listing all matching classes in order of the number of matches in each class is displayed. Click a class number link to jump to the class in the search results.

The results page for a term search can be manipulated in the same way as the Class tab, with separate view modes for full, hierarchical and flat display, and checkboxes to show or hide explanatory notes or basic numbers are displayed. However, only those goods and services that have indications matching the search terms are displayed. Hierarchy groups are displayed only if their titles match the search term, or if they contain other hierarchy groups, goods, or services that match the search term. Thus, the entire tree structure above each matching term is displayed.

Words matching your search terms are highlighted with a green background.


The AND operator is the default conjunction operator. This means that if there is no Boolean operator between two terms, the AND operator is used. This operator matches entries where both terms exist anywhere in the text of a single place.

The OR operator links two terms and finds a matching place if either of the terms exist in this place.

Exact search:

Looks for the exact match of the term searched.

Include information files:

If you check the “Include Information Files” icon before submitting a term search, the search engine will also search all information files in selected classes. If an information file exists for a class, hierarchy group, or good or service, the icon is displayed in search results regardless of whether the information file contains matching terms. However, if information files were searched and the information file contains a search term, the icon is displayed with a green background. Clicking the icon for matching information files will show the search term highlighted in the resulting information file window.

Select classes:

To limit your search to specific classes, tick the check boxes beside any classes you want to search before submitting the search. The four selectors above the list of classes allow for manipulating the class selection in bulk. Choose to select only goods, only services, all classes, or none. Further fine tune your selecting by ticking or unticking individual checkboxes for each class.


Hit enter or click on “Search” to launch the search.

“Search” button

The list of search results is displayed.   Occurrences of searched indications are highlighted with a green background.


URL-based access API

External applications can link into the NICE classification using a combination of a REST based API to access certain objects, and URL parameters to tweak the display of those objects.

In general, the URL parameters correspond to fields in the left interaction bar for a given tab. You can learn more about these parameters by entering search queries or interaction bar values and seeing how your selection affects the URL querystring.

Linking to specific Edition Version

The front page of a specific edition-version of the classification can be accessed at the URL<YYYYMMDD>/ where <YYYYMMDD> represents the date the requested edition-version went into force.

Linking to a specific Tab front page

The tab front pages can be accessed as independent resources at the URL<YYYYMMDD>/<TAB_NAME>/ where <TAB_NAME> can be one of:

  • taxonomy
  • alphabetical
  • classheadings
  • general_remarks
  • modifications
  • search

The tab front pages can all take the specific URL parameters discussed in the individual sections below.

Linking to a specific taxonomy class

Each class in the taxonomy has its own REST based URL, accessible at the URL<YYYYMMDD>/taxonomy/class-<CLASS_NUMBER>/ where CLASS_NUMBER is an integer identifier between 1 and 45.

Additionally, URL parameters can be supplied in the querystring of the taxonomy class URL to tweak. A querystring is built by appending a question mark to the url and then supplying key = value pairs separated by ampersands for each URL parameter. For example, the following url links to class 1 and specifies English language and full mode.

The following URL parameters can be specified with their possible values listed and defaults in italics:

  • pagination
    • yes
    • no
  • lang
    • en
    • fr
    • enfr
    • fren
  • mode
    • flat
    • hierarchical
    • full
  • explanatory_notes
    • show
    • hide
  • basic_numbers
    • show
    • hide

Indication Hyperlinking

you can link to a specific basic number in the taxonomy tab using  by adding the gors GET variable in taxonomy url for example you can request the specific indication 010641 by calling the following url:

The page will scroll to that term and highlight it in a green background

Linking to a specific alphabetical listing

Each alphabetical listing has its own REST based URL accessible at the URL<YYYYMMDD>/alphabetical/<CLASS_TYPE>/<LETTER>/ where CLASS_TYPE can be either goods or services and LETTER is one of the 26 letters in the Roman alphabet. The querystring URL parameters are:

  • pagination
    • yes
    • no
  • lang
    • en
    • fr
    • enfr
    • fren

Linking to specific class modifications

Each class modification listing has its own REST based URL accessible at the URL<YYYYMMDD>/modifications/class-<CLASS_NUMBER>/ where CLASS_NUMBER is an integer identifier between 1 and 45.

The querystring URL parameters are:

  • pagination
    • yes
    • no
  • lang
    • en
    • fr
    • enfr
    • fren

Linking to search results

You can link to a basic number search result at the URL<BASIC_NUMBER> where BASIC_NUMBER is the basic number you want to link to. Note that the value in this case is displayed as part of the querystring, using the letter q (short for query) to identify the search term.

Linking to a term search result is done at the URL<SEARCH_TERM> where SEARCH_TERM is the term you want to search for. In both cases, the following additional querystring parameters can be supplied:

  • lang
    • en
    • fr
    • enfr
    • fren
  • mode
    • flat
    • hierarchical
    • full
  • explanatory_notes
    • show
    • hide
  • basic_numbers
    • show
    • hide
  • info_files
    • on
    • off
  • classes
    • any of the numbers 1-45
    • this parameter can be specified multiple times to select multiple classes



Nicepub version: 2.13
Last modified: 2017.01.01