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CIVIL REGISTRATION AND VITAL STATISTICS

IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Iran (Islamic Rep. of)
Iran (Islamic Rep. of)

The principal authority for civil registration is the National Organization for Civil Registration (NOCR), which has 640 Departments or offices across the country. The office responsible for producing and publishing vital statistics is the Statistical Centre of Iran (SCI). Another major stakeholder of the Iranian CRVS system is the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME), which provides data on vital events. A coordination committee was established in 2014, along with the development of a national strategic plan. It includes other relevant stakeholders such as the Ministry of Interior, Municipals, Legal Medicine Organization, I.R. Iran Medical Council, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Universities, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of culture, etc. The National Population Database is a central address database which allows for better policy management and vital events tracking. It comes along with the National Intelligent Cards, electronic ID database that facilitates e-government and allows for the production of vital statistics. 

The legal limit is of 15 days for birth registration and 10 days for death registration. At the beginning of the CRVS Decade, it was estimated that 98% of the births and 97% of the births were registered in time. 

Challenges faced by the I.R. of Iran include the quality of cause of death coding, and the protection of electronic data privacy. 
 

CRVS Focal Point:

Mr. Mohammad Bagher Abbasi, Director-General, Bureau of Demographic and Migration Statistics

RSG Member:

Mr. Mohammad Bagher Abbasi, Director-General,Bureau of Demographic and Migration Statistics

Iran (Islamic Rep. of)

Goal 1. Universal civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events

Goal 1 Targets:

1.A
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of births in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.
1.B
By 2024, at least 100 per cent of children under 5 years old in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.
1.C
By 2024, at least 100 per cent of all individuals in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.
1.D
By 2024, at least 95 per cent of all deaths that take place in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.
1.E
By 2024, at least 85 per cent of all deaths recorded by the health sector in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year have a medically certified cause of death recorded using the international form of the death certificate.

Goal 2. All individuals are provided with legal documentation of civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, as necessary, to claim identity, civil status and ensuing rights

Goal 2 Targets:

2.A
By 2024, at least 100 per cent of all births registered in the territory and jurisdiction are accompanied with the issuance of an official birth certificate that includes, as a minimum, the individual’s name, sex, date and place of birth, and name of parent(s) where known.
2.B
By 2024, at least 100 per cent of all deaths registered in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are accompanied with the issuance of an official death certificate which includes, as a minimum, the deceased’s name, date of death, sex, and age.

Goal 3. Accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced based on registration records and are disseminated

Goal 3 Targets:

3.A
By 2015, annual nationally representative statistics on births –disaggregated by age of mother, sex of child, geographic area and administrative subdivision –are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.
3.B
By 2020, annual nationally representative statistics on deaths – disaggregated by age, sex, cause of death defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate), geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.
3.C
By 2024, at least 85 per cent of deaths occurring in health facilities or with the attention of a medical practitioner have an underlying cause of death code derived from the medical certificate according to the standards defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate)
3.D
By 2024, the proportion of deaths coded to ill-defined codes will have been reduced to less than 15 per cent.
3.E
By 2024, at least 50 per cent of deaths taking place outside of a health facility and without the attention of a medical practitioner have their underlying cause of death code determined through verbal autopsy in line with international standards.
3.F
By ...(year), key summary tabulations of vital statistics on births and deaths using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within one calendar year.
3.G
By 2020, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on causes of death using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within two calendar years.
3.H
By ...(year), an accurate, complete and timely vital statistics report for the previous two years, using registration records as the primary source, is made available in the public domain.

Goal 1. Universal civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events

Goal 1 is an expression of the internationally accepted principle of the universal coverage of civil registration. The CRVS system should register all vital events occurring in the territory and jurisdiction of the country or area, including among hard-to-reach and marginalized populations.

National Targets:

1.A
By 2024, at least 99 per cent of births in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.

BASELINE

2014

99%

MIDTERM

2019

99%

TARGET

2024

99%

1.B
By 2024, at least 100 per cent of children under 5 years old in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.

MIDTERM

2010

98.6%

TARGET

2024

100%

1.C
By 2024, at least 100 per cent of all individuals in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.

TARGET

2024

100%

1.D
By 2024, at least 95 per cent of all deaths that take place in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.

baseline

2015

91%

MIDTERM

2019

96%

TARGET

2024

95%

1.E
By 2024, at least 85 per cent of all deaths recorded by the health sector in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year have a medically certified cause of death recorded using the international form of the death certificate.

baseline

2018

81.1%

MIDTERM

2019

81.5%

TARGET

2024

85%

Goal 2. All individuals are provided with legal documentation of civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, as necessary, to claim identity, civil status and ensuing rights

Goal 2 reflects that CRVS systems provide legal documentation of civil registration to individuals and families for legal and administrative purposes. Legal documentation is strongly linked with a broad range of rights and activities, in particular legal identity. This goal addresses the distinction between the civil registration of a vital event and the possession of formal proof that it took place, in the form of legal documentation.

National Targets:

2.A
By 2024, at least 100 per cent of all births registered in the territory and jurisdiction are accompanied with the issuance of an official birth certificate that includes, as a minimum, the individual’s name, sex, date and place of birth, and name of parent(s) where known.

baseline

2013

100%

MIDTERM

2019

100%

TARGET

2024

100%

2.B
By 2024, at least 100 per cent of all deaths registered in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are accompanied with the issuance of an official death certificate which includes, as a minimum, the deceased’s name, date of death, sex, and age.

baseline

2013

100%

MIDTERM

2019

100%

TARGET

2024

100%

Goal 3. Accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced based on registration records and are disseminated

Goal 3 highlights the critical importance of civil registration being linked to the production and quality assurance of vital statistics on the occurrence and characteristics of vital events.

National Targets:

3.A
By 2015, annual nationally representative statistics on births –disaggregated by age of mother, sex of child, geographic area and administrative subdivision –are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.

TARGET

2015

3.B
By 2020, annual nationally representative statistics on deaths – disaggregated by age, sex, cause of death defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate), geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.

TARGET

Target achieved

3.C
By 2024, at least 85 per cent of deaths occurring in health facilities or with the attention of a medical practitioner have an underlying cause of death code derived from the medical certificate according to the standards defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate)

 

Note: This target was not monitored as part of the Midterm Questionnaire on the Implementation of the Regional Action Framework for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific.

baseline

2014-2015

75%

TARGET

2024

85%

3.D
By 2024, the proportion of deaths coded to ill-defined codes will have been reduced to less than 15 per cent.

baseline

2013

23.4%

MIDTERM

2019

16.3%

TARGET

2024

15%

3.E
By 2024, at least 50 per cent of deaths taking place outside of a health facility and without the attention of a medical practitioner have their underlying cause of death code determined through verbal autopsy in line with international standards.

Note: In light of recent countries’ experiences, Verbal autopsy is not encouraged to be applied to a large population scale, but rather on a representative sample. To reflect this, Target 3E is not anymore monitored by the coverage percentage of Verbal autopsy, but by the use or not of Verbal autopsy and its different applications.

baseline

2014-2015

Yes

MIDTERM

No

TARGET

2024

Yes

3.F
By ...(year), key summary tabulations of vital statistics on births and deaths using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within one calendar year.

TARGET

Target achieved

3.G
By 2020, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on causes of death using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within two calendar years.

TARGET

Target achieved

3.H
By ...(year), an accurate, complete and timely vital statistics report for the previous two years, using registration records as the primary source, is made available in the public domain.

TARGET

Target achieved

Iran (Islamic Rep. of)

National Coordination Mechanism

Status in Iran (Islamic Rep. of): Complete

Comprehensive Assessment

Status in Iran (Islamic Rep. of): Complete

National Targets for 2024

Status in Iran (Islamic Rep. of): Complete

Monitoring & Reporting Plan

Status in Iran (Islamic Rep. of): Not started

Inequality Assessment

Status in Iran (Islamic Rep. of): Not started

National Strategy

Status in Iran (Islamic Rep. of): Complete

National Focal Point

Status in Iran (Islamic Rep. of): Complete

Reporting to ESCAP - Baseline

Status in Iran (Islamic Rep. of): Complete

Reporting to ESCAP - Midterm

Status in Iran (Islamic Rep. of): Complete

Iran (Islamic Rep. of) Events
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29 April 2016
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Iran (Islamic Rep. of) Resources
Country Assessments and Strategies, 2020
Training and Tools, 2019
This resource provides a full list of members for the Regional Steering Group for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific. The list includes members for both…
Presentations, 2015
Presentation by the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Sub-regional Asian workshop on applying principles and recommendations for implementing the…
Presentations, 2017
Iran's country presentation made at the Technical Seminar on Legal Framework for Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems…
Advocacy Materials, 2017
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Advocacy Materials, 2014
An effective Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) system helps secure a person’s legal identity, tracks the major events of an individual’s…
Advocacy Materials, Country Assessments and Strategies, 2017
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Country Assessments and Strategies, Presentations, 2015
The Islamic Republic of Iran's country presentation made at the 1st Regional Steering Group for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS)…
Meeting Documents, UN Official Documents, 2016
The seventy-first session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific adopted resolution 71/14 on the Asian and Pacific Civil…
Country Assessments and Strategies, 2016
As part of the reporting structure of the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific, by the…
Country Statements, 2014
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International Standards and Recommendations, UN Official Documents, 2014
Through Commission resolution 69/15, countries in Asia and the Pacific requested that further regional action be taken to support the improvement of…
Country Statements, 2014
Country statement delivered during the Ministerial Conference under agenda item 4 - Implementation of the Regional Action Framework on CRVS in Asia…
Advocacy Materials, Meeting Documents, 2014
The Ministerial Declaration to "Get every one in the picture' in Asia and the Pacific was made at the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration…
Meeting Documents, Report, UN Official Documents, 2014
The Report of the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific gives an overview of the main outcomes of…
Iran (Islamic Rep. of)

The principal authority for civil registration is the National Organization for Civil Registration (NOCR), which has 640 Departments or offices across the country. The office responsible for producing and publishing vital statistics is the Statistical Centre of Iran (SCI). Another major stakeholder of the Iranian CRVS system is the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME), which provides data on vital events. A coordination committee was established in 2014, along with the development of a national strategic plan. It includes other relevant stakeholders such as the Ministry of Interior, Municipals, Legal Medicine Organization, I.R. Iran Medical Council, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Universities, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of culture, etc. The National Population Database is a central address database which allows for better policy management and vital events tracking. It comes along with the National Intelligent Cards, electronic ID database that facilitates e-government and allows for the production of vital statistics. 

The legal limit is of 15 days for birth registration and 10 days for death registration. At the beginning of the CRVS Decade, it was estimated that 98% of the births and 97% of the births were registered in time. 

Challenges faced by the I.R. of Iran include the quality of cause of death coding, and the protection of electronic data privacy. 
 

CRVS Focal Point:

Mr. Mohammad Bagher Abbasi, Director-General, Bureau of Demographic and Migration Statistics

RSG Member:

Mr. Mohammad Bagher Abbasi, Director-General,Bureau of Demographic and Migration Statistics

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