Austrian Standards International

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Austrian Standards International ( ASI , formerly Austrian Standards Institute and before Austrian Standards Institute ) is a non-governmental organization (non-profit organization) to create standards standards in Austria . The basic principles include the comprehensive participation of all interest groups and comprehensive consensus in the adoption of the regulations.

Purely Austrian ÖNORM EN and ON rules are developed at Austrian Standards . (Standardization organization according to the Standards Act 2016). Likewise, the cooperation of Austrian experts in European and international standardization is coordinated; conversely, ASI ensures that European standards (EN) are adopted in the Austrian set of standards.


On 23. September 1920 was Austrian Standards Committee, industrial (Ö.NIG) founded. Standards were drawn up in 13 specialist committees, with the focus on mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and automotive engineering. In 1921 the first standard was issued that contained regulations on metric threads .

In 1932 the name was changed to ÖNA Austrian Standards Committee . 40 to 60 new standards appeared annually. In 1938, when it joined the German Reich, the ÖNA became a branch of the German Institute for Standardization DIN . Immediately after the end of the war, the ÖNA resumed its work in 1945, and a year later it was a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

In 1954 a federal law created the legal basis for the work of the ÖNA, which was updated in 1971 through an amendment. In between, the name of the organization was changed to ON Österreichisches Normungsinstitut . In 1961 ASI was one of the founding members of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN)

In 1991, the seat of the ON in was Vienna the place of signing of the Vienna Agreement ( Vienna Agreement ) between ISO and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) , aimed at avoiding the duplication in Europe. As a result, more and more European and international standards were adopted, some of which replace the corresponding ÖNORMS. In addition, a decision was made to bring out sets of rules, the so-called ON rules , from 1998, which can be created more flexibly and more quickly than is the case with standards.

At the end of 2017, 22,945 (after 23,145 2016) ÖNORMS were valid in Austria, 66% of them of European origin, 7% were purely national standards.

In 2008, the Austrian Standards Institute founded a wholly-owned subsidiary, Austrian Standards plus GmbH - the sales and service organization. In 2018, the Austrian Standards Operations GmbH was founded as a further subsidiary.

In summer 2009, due to the international activities of the institute, the English name “Austrian Standards Institute”, abbreviated to “ASI”, was added. In 2018 the name was changed to Austrian Standards International - Standardization and Innovation.

Legal basis and tasks

The legal basis for the work of the Austrian Standardization Institute is the Austrian Standards Act 2016 - StandardsG 2016 from 2016.

The task of Austrian Standards International is to create and publish Austrian standards and to provide the necessary organization. It also provides contact with international standards institutes (such as DIN , CEN , IEEE , ETSI and ISO ) and is responsible for the implementation of EU standards in Austria. To this end, it has 105 permanent employees (2015) who help around 4,100 experts (2017) in 267 working groups of the 147 committees to develop the content of the standards and to update them at regular intervals. Austrian Standards supports 51 international committees and working groups: 20 at ISO, 31 at CEN, can be found in the 2017 annual report.

In 2018, with new rules of procedure, an arbitration board was set up which, after being referred to in writing, can decide on the rejection or acceptance of a standardization application, a participant or an opinion, as well as on the establishment or dissolution of a committee at the request of interested parties and on the balance of the composition of a committee is located.

Individual evidence

  1. Federal Law Gazette I No. 153/2015 Federal Law on Standards (Standards Law 2016 - NormG 2016)
  2. [1] ASI milestones
  3. [2] Annual Report 2017
  4. [3] Annual Guide 2016-17
  7. , (p. 38, chapter 13)

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