BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
V Health and personal development
Note: many headings in Section V relate closely to headings in other sections. Use Section V for popularized accounts for general readership; prefer Sections J, K, M, T etc, as appropriate, for serious, specialist and academic works. Do not use “V” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section V below
VF Family and health
VFB Personal safety
VFD Popular medicine and health
VFG Home nursing and caring
VFJ Coping with personal problems
VFL Giving up smoking
VFM Fitness and diet
VFV Family and relationships
Note: Use JH* codes for academic and sociological works. For weddings, use WJW “Weddings, wedding planners”; for family history, use WQY “Family history, tracing ancestors”
VFX Advice on parenting

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