Departments and services

The Agency is managed by the managing director. The managing director is appointed by decree by the President of the French Republic following advice from the board of directors. In charge of the technical, administrative and financial management, the Director General is the guarantor of collective efficiency. The senior management exercises the Agency’s legal and communication responsibilities as well as the management of current affairs. The Administrative Department (DA) provides all the administrative services required for the smooth running of the public institution. It is in charge of human resources, industrial relations and payroll. It manages financial, budgetary and accounting matters. It provides all general logistics services. It is made up of four departments: Human Resources, Budgetary and Financial Affairs, Information Systems and Logistics. 

The ANFR also has 5 technical departments: 

The conventions department (DC)

The Conventions department is in charge of promoting and managing the external services provided by the ANFR for the benefit of frequency assigners, public administrations or private partners. As part of these services formalised by agreements, it works in a collaborative and transverse manner with all the Agency's departments and services by coordinating their actions.

It carries out some of these agreements itself, for which it develops or commissions the development of measurement, modelling or IT tools that allow it to optimise the associated processes.

The DC also acts to protect television reception (PRTV) and supports viewers who encounter difficulties with DTT reception.

Together with the Arcom, it guarantees the continuity of television service reception.

Finally, it manages the broadcasting of French legal time data

The spectrum management department (DCS) 

The Spectrum Management Department has a number of departments (compliance monitoring, maritime monitoring, technical monitoring and monitoring engineering) and teams deployed throughout mainland France and the French overseas territories (Regional Services in Toulouse, Villejuif, Donges, Aix-Marseille, the Inter-regional EAST Service, a branch in Boulogne-sur-Mer, an International Monitoring Centre in Rambouillet, a branch in the French West Indies and Guyana and a branch in Réunion - Mayotte), which use static, transportable and mobile detection and measurement equipment.

It carries out compliance checks on the use of frequencies by inspecting sites, stations and terrestrial and space radio networks. It also checks ships' radio equipment.

It carries out surveillance of the market for radio terminals and equipment (administrative checks, sampling of equipment for technical inspection) to check that they comply with the essential requirements set out in the European directive.

The frequency management department (DGF) 

The Frequency Management Department (DGF) is in charge of inter-ministerial activities to ensure the effective collective use of frequency bands. It issues agreements or notices for the creation of radio stations in France by frequency users, manages frequency assignment coordination, keeps the national frequency file up to date and notifies the ITU of frequency assignments with a view to their international protection.

Through its Datalab, it also studies and promotes the use of new technologies and data for innovating frequency management (opendata, crowdsourcing, blockchain, hackathons, etc.).

The spectrum planning and international affairs department (DPSAI)

The Spectrum Planning and International Affairs Department (DPSAI) prepares France's position in international negotiations on radio frequencies and coordinates the French representation in related bodies. It is involved in over 60 international committees, commissions and working groups: International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), European Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG), Radio Spectrum Committee (RSCOM), for example. To this end, it conducts compatibility and sharing studies between radiocommunication systems and services, negotiates European harmonisation and changes to the ITU Radio Regulations, and develops electromagnetic compatibility rules to ensure the proper use of radio systems. It negotiates border agreements. It processes applications for authorisations to assign frequencies to satellite systems and manages frequency assignments for French satellites with the ITU. It proposes updates to the national frequency band assignment table (TNRBF), the primary source of national frequency law, and prepares the interventions of the spectrum review fund (FRS). It organises institutional cooperation. 

Several members of the department chair international working groups. In regular contact with the various stakeholders (assignment authorities, equipment manufacturers, operators), the DPSAI staff organise several of the Agency's consultation committees: preparation of CMRs (CPAC), spectrum engineering (CCE), European harmonisation (CAE), coordination of frequencies at borders (CCF). This work can lead them to become involved, where appropriate, in European research projects in the spectrum field, contributing to the agency's strategic thinking in their areas of expertise and to standards work at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

The market monitoring and public exposure department (DSE)

The Market Surveillance and Public Exposure Department (DSE) is in charge of coordinating the various departments in terms of public exposure to radio waves, and in particular for ensuring compliance with public exposure limit values. It also oversees market surveillance for equipment covered by the RED Directive.

To carry out these missions, it relies on two departments:

A “Market Surveillance” department. The ANFR is one of the national administrations in charge of carrying out market surveillance tasks on equipment covered by the RED directive . In particular, this involves checking the marking and documentation on equipment being sold, the implementation of the sampling procedure to have laboratory tests carried out and, when applicable, prosecute any cases of non-conformity that are found. The other French administrations in charge of market monitoring are the Directorate General for Consumers, Competition and the repression of fraud (DGCCRF), Customs and the electronic communications and postal service regulation authority (ARCEP). Finally, the Agency can make proposals to the Minister for electronic communications aimed at restricting or prohibiting the free movement of the products.

A "Public Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields" department. It coordinates the Agency's missions and conducts studies on public exposure to radio waves. It implements missions defined by the 2015-136 Act, of 9 February 2015 on the sobriety, transparency, information and consultation on the exposure of the general public to electromagnetic waves.