The Register Division (REG) is the FSO's centre of excellence for the collection, transfer and validation of administrative data and the coordination of sample surveys.
The Division deals mainly with surveys of administrative data in four areas: "Individuals and Households", "Businesses and Enterprises", "Buildings and Dwellings (incl. construction activity)" and "Employment and the Employed Population", as well as the processing of this data for statistical purposes.
It is also responsible for keeping three federal registers, i.e. the Business and Enterprise Register (BER), the Register of Buildings and Dwellings (RBD) and the Unique Business Identification Number Register (UID). Furthermore its tasks include updating Switzerland's General Classification of Economic Activities (NOGA) as well as the Official Register of Swiss communes. Last but by no means least, it is responsible for the running of SEDEX, the data exchange platform.
The Business and Enterprise Register Section (BUR) is responsible for keeping and updating the Business and Enterprise Register (BER), for the integration of data from the primary sector and the food industry in the BER, for the implementation of profiling in large enterprises and large public administration units as well as for light profiling of other multi-branch companies and finally for the running of the UID system (business identification).
The BER encompasses all local units as well as all enterprises that are economically active in Switzerland. The BER is the statistical basis used to organise and coordinate statistical surveys among businesses. It is continually updated using administrative data. Furthermore, the use of administrative data greatly reduces the burden upon businesses when providing data.
The Business Registers Data Section (URD) integrates administrative data into business statistics and particularly into the Business and Enterprise Register (BER), manages the General Classification of Economic Activities while ensuring that the coding of economic activities is of a high standard in all BER units, conducts surveys to update the BER and processes the consolidated data from the business statistics (STATENT) and business demography (UDEMO).
The Buildings and Dwellings Section (GEWO) runs the federal register for Buildings and Dwellings (RBD).
The federal RBD serves as the central data base for the Construction and Housing statistics and together with communal and cantonal population registers constitutes an important pillar in the register-based population census. On the basis of the RBD, the GEWO section also provides a small-scale geographical reference (geocoding) for population censuses, business surveys and other statistics.
The federal RBD is updated on the basis of notifications from the building authorities, who send information on all construction projects requiring building approval (new builds, renovations, demolitions) using the online application or web services. In addition, information on plot numbers, building coordinates and addresses is updated using official surveying and Post Office data. Other secondary data sources, for example building insurances, guarantee quality assurance and at the same time widen the range of information available.
The GEWO section is also in charge of the spatial classification service, which is responsible for keeping the Official Register of Swiss communes and for coordinating other spatial classifications (including regions used in analysis and country codes).
The Sedex and Register section (SR) is in charge of harmonising and collecting data from the official registers of persons for statistical needs and the needs of the population census. Every quarter, the section organises and coordinates deliveries from the residents’ registration offices of the cantons and communes, as well as from the large federal registers of persons. The section uses the Sedex data exchange platform to ensure that data is transferred to FSO securely. The delivered statistical information is automatically checked as soon as it reaches FSO. The suppliers receive the result of this validation which enables them to record any inconsistencies in the registers where necessary. The SR section manages the ongoing development of sedex and makes the platform available to other internal and external users for the statutory exchange of data.
Furthermore, the Sedex and Register section (SR) is also responsible for coordinating and developing the FSO's register strategy.