The Association Française de Normalisation (AFNOR) was founded in 1926; it is an officially recognized but private, non-profit making organisation and is placed under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry. It has a membership of approximately 3 000 companies and other stakeholders.
The AFNOR is offering a large number of services with the aim of ensuring competitiveness and influence of the French standardization system as part of the European construction and globalisation of the economy.
To achieve this, it offers a complete range of services structured around four major businesses:
The AFNOR Group is developing a service offer at international level based on these four businesses.
AFNOR is the French member of CEN and ISO and takes on the responsibilities assigned to France in this respect.
The LNE experts participate in standardisation commissions and working groups for the preparation and formalisation of normative projects (national or international) before dissemination and approval.
The LNE and the AFNOR collaborate on international projects for global offers in metrology, standardisation and quality assurance.
The COFRAC (Comité Français pour l'Accréditation) is a non-profit making association under the law of 1901, created in 1994, taking over the activities of the BNM-FRETAC (Bureau national de métrologie - France Etalonnage Accréditation) and the RNE (Réseau National d'Essais).
The aim is to allow laboratories and organizations receiving accreditation by COFRAC, giving a proof of their skills, so that they can offer companies, consumers and the authorities, a guarantee of confidence in the services performed by the accredited laboratories and bodies.
To achieve this purpose, COFRAC is structured around sectors of activity:
Accreditation must be a rigorous process, backed up by expertises. Within the framework of the activities for accreditation of the calibration laboratories and support to the national calibration chains, the LNE participates in the accreditation process and in the reliability of the accreditation in several ways:
To make trading transactions easier and demonstrate the proof of product quality abroad, recognition agreements have been set up. The COFRAC therefore signed, in the context of the EA (European Co-operation for Accreditation), a European mutual recognition agreement for the tests, calibrations and certification. The COFRAC has also signed equivalent international agreements for the tests and calibrations as part of the ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation) and for the certification of quality systems in the context of the IAF (International Accreditation Forum).
The Collège Français de Métrologie (CFM) was created as an association under the law of 1901 in May 2002, taking over from the Collège de Métrologie. Its aim is to promote industrial metrology by carrying out appropriate collective actions:
The LNE is an ex officio member of the Board of Directors of the Collège français de métrologie. It brings the Collège its technical and scientific skills in metrology and acts as interface with the foreign national metrology laboratories.
As a member of the organisation committee and of the Scientific and technical committee of most metrology congresses organised by the Collège, the LNE provides active support with the organisation as well as the various communications.