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About the AFNOR

About us


AFNOR is an international services delivery network that revolves around 4 core competency areas: standardization, certification, industry press, and training.


The AFNOR has the unique stance of carrying out its standardization mission as a public-benefit organization while conducting some of its business in the competitive arena.


The AFNOR's core strengths — know-how and expertise — forge a skillset exploited by over 60,000 customers in 100 countries worldwide.


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Key figures

  • Workforce: 1,373 including 350 registered abroad
  • 12 regional delegations
  • 39 agencies worldwide
  • Business ties with 100 countries
  • 60000 customers
  • 20,000 people enrolled in standards-setting
  • 1,854 auditors and educators

For over 80 years now, the AFNOR Group has worked to promote voluntary management control processes by constantly gauging the interests of any and all socioeconomic stakeholders concerned that business activity is conducted in adherence to law. This is a setting where values like impartiality, criticality, and innovation are pivotal.


The current economic climate, shaken by the shifting currents of globalization, is a strong wake-up call to the fact that consensus is a factor of progress for everybody, across the board, securing greater fluidity in building partnerships.


The AFNOR's scope of expertise currently encompasses the tangible and intangible assets that today's businesses create or mobilize every day — assets like accessibility, diversity, or social responsibility, alongside quality, risk management, the environment, or sustainable development…


The AFNOR Group knows how to respond to the needs of any kind of organization, from schools to private individuals to administrations, community groups, businesses or associations. The AFNOR Group's can draw on its position as a central hub in a network harnessing sector experts (professionals on standardization issues, auditors, educators, authors) and partner organizations (government agencies, local council authorities, chambers of commerce and industry, business networks, civil society organizations, colleges and universities) to federate the people and competencies needed to surface and exploit solutions.


AFNOR Standardization surveys needs, develops standardization strategy, coordinates and guides standardization agency efforts, oversees that all the stakeholders to a standard get to provide their input, organizes public enquiries, and secures recognition for the standards established.


On a strictly business level, AFNOR Group companies are frontrunners in their respective fields.


AFNOR Certification, which delivers the sector-leading NF and AFAQ quality marks, is one of the few market actors capable of partnering customers end-to-end, from the definition of the processes best-geared to their strategy right through to national and international-scale control and management.


AFNOR Compétences is French market leader in QSE management training. The 16,300 trainees registered every year offer clear proof that the training programmes are well-focused.


AFNOR Éditions offers a multiplatform catalogue in loose-leaf, CD, DVD, Intranet and Internet format, and 566 publications. Add a document library that counts 34,858 normative references, and every audience is fully catered for.


In the energy sector, the AFNOR Energies department in AFNOR Development carries out high quality energy audits complying with the requirements of the NF EN 16247 standards. These standards are given as references in the French and European regulations.


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