ISO/IEC 5218

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ISO/IEC 5218Information technology — Codes for the representation of human sexes is an international standard that defines a representation of human sexes through a language-neutral single-digit code. It can be used in information systems such as database applications. [1]

International standards are technical standards developed by international standards organizations. International standards are available for consideration and use worldwide. The most prominent organization is the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

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The four codes specified in ISO/IEC 5218 are:

The standard specifies that its use may be referred to by the designator "SEX".

The standard explicitly states that no significance is to be placed on the encoding of male as 1 and female as 2; the encoding merely reflects existing practice in the countries that initiated this standard. The standard also explains that it "meets the requirements of most applications that need to code human sexes. It does not provide codes for sexes that may be required in specific medical and scientific applications or in applications that need to code sex information other than for human beings."

ISO/IEC 5218 was created by ISO's Data Management and Interchange Technical Committee, proposed in November 1976, and updated in July 2004.

International Organization for Standardization An international standard-setting body composed of representatives from national standards organizations

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This standard is used in several national identification numbers. For example, the first digit of the French INSEE number and the first digit of the Republic of China national identification card (Chinese: 中華民國國民身分證) are based on ISO/IEC 5218 values.[ citation needed ]

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The INSEE code is a numerical indexing code used by the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) to identify various entities, including communes, départements. They are also used as national identification numbers given to people.

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  1. ISO catalog entry for ISO/IEC 5218:2004 Information technology — Codes for the representation of human sexes