A NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) is similar to a NSN, but where an NSN looks at the products, the NAICS looks at industries.
NAICS is a classifications system for types of industries so that businesses can be uniformly defined and categorized by the Federal government.
The NAICS was defined by the Office of Management and Budget (usually referred to as the “OMB”) and officially adopted by the US government in 1997. Updated to the definitions were made in 2012 and once again in 2017.
The predecessor to the NAICS was the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC).
Example of a NAICS
One example of a NAICS would be 112, which is the code for the Animal Production and Aquaculture. This is part of the most result standard set in 2017.