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Nomenclature d'activités française

Country / Area: France

Classification category: Activity classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Nomenclature d'activités française (NAF)
French Industry Classification (NAF)

The current version is NAF rev. 2.

1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Headings in French and English. Explanatory notes in French.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?NAF rev. 2 has 5 levels:
- 21 sections
- 88 divisions
- 272 groups
- 615 classes
- 732 subclasses
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Numerical for the 4 first digits (like in NACE), alphabetic for the last digit.
Example : 10.51B Manufacture of butter
The letter is Z when the subclass is identical to the class (no split).
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.ISIC Rev. 4 and NACE Rev. 2
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)The structure is the same at the 4 first levels. The last level (subclass) is a national breakdown.
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.No deviation.
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)In general, at the level of class (4 digits).
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future. 
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.The classification is used for all statistics regarding economic activities (main activity and secondary activities). One of the most important surveys is the yearly business survey carried out on a sample of businesses to get a range of economic data. This survey is the key tool for updating the main activity of each enterprise (APE code - activité principale exercée) according to NAF. The APE code is included in the administrative and statistical business registers and is publicly available.

NAF is used for data collection and data publishing. For synthesis or specific uses (National accounts, poor accuracy of data,…), some specific aggregated levels may be used in (A 10, A 17, A 38, A 64 and A 129). These levels are nested in the tree structure of NAF.

4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)From a legal point of view, NAF is only a statistical classification. But, as it is a popular standard and publicly available, NAF has a lot of non statistical uses. The mains uses are in the following areas:
- collective industry agreements and employer agreements
- employment-count councils
- labour court
- chambers of commerce
- sickness, accident and old-age insurance funds
- tax authorities
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?No.
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)1.1.2008
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Same date
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?No.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)NAF rév. 1
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNAF rev. 1 is a breakdown of NACE 1.1 and ISIC 3.1.
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))NAF rev. 1 has 4 levels :
- 17 sections
- 62 divisions
- 224 groups
- 712 classes
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?1.1.2003
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.No.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Yes.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No, we use an automatic coding tool (SICORE).
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, in PDF, TXT, Excel, dBase, XML.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationINSEE
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquirywebsite:
contact for public information:
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/1/2012