International Commission on Civil Status

The International Commission on Civil Status, or ICCS (French: Commission internationale de l'état civil, or CIEC), is an intergovernmental organization and the first organization created after World War II in order to work for European integration.[citation needed] Provisionally established in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on September 29 and 30, 1948,[2] it predates both the Council of Europe (planned since 1946 but officially founded only in 1949) and the European Union. The organisation is seated in Strasbourg, France, and has 7 members and 10 former members.[3] The official language of the Commission is French.

International Commission on Civil Status
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FormationSeptember 30, 1948; 72 years ago (1948-09-30) (provisional committee)
December 1949 (official recognition)[1][2]
TypeIntergovernmental Organization
Purposeinternational cooperation in civil status matters and further exchange of information between registrars
HeadquartersSecretariat General
  • Strasbourg
6 states
Official language
Frédérique Granet[1]
Main organ
General Assembly


Founded in the post-war context of millions of refugees, missing persons and displaced people, the organization's aim was to facilitate the cooperation between States in establishing, recognizing, validating vital records or any other type of official documents used as birth, marriage, divorce or death certificates. It did so by providing standardized translations of vital terms in vital records and via multilateral conventions (for example the Convention on the issue of multilingual extracts from civil status records which provided for hassle free acceptance of extracts and Convention on the recognition of decisions recording a sex reassignment on legal sex status). The ICCS has signed co-operation agreements with the Council of Europe (in 1955), the Hague Conference on Private International Law (in 1969), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (in 1981) and the European Union (in 1983).


States can become a member of the organisation by adhesion of to its constituting protocol ("Protocole relatif à la Commission internationale de l'état civil"), which was signed by the 5 founding members. An overview of the members and former members is shown below.

State Entry into force End of membership Comment
Austria 14 October 1961 8 April 2008
Belgium 1 October 1950 Founding member
Croatia 24 April 1999 21 January 2015
France 1 October 1950 17 November 2019 Founding member
Germany 27 October 1956 30 June 2015
Greece 3 October 1959
Hungary 15 October 1999 6 December 2012
Italy 4 October 1958 2 October 2014
Luxembourg 1 October 1950 Founding member
Mexico 15 October 2010 16 December 2017
Netherlands 1 October 1950 15 May 2018 Founding member
Poland 15 October 1999 14 December 2017
Portugal 13 September 1973 10 January 2015
Spain 13 October 1974
Switzerland 1 October 1950 Founding member
Turkey 23 December 1953
United Kingdom 11 October 1996 22 February 2014


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  1. ^ a b c "ICCS Chronicle" (PDF). International Commission on Civil Status. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Information note" (PDF). International Commission on Civil Status. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Protocole relatif à la Commission internationale de l'état civil" (PDF). Government of Switzerland. Retrieved 13 September 2017.

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