About standards

Why standards?

Standards (e.g. ÖNORM and ISO standards) are recommendations developed by experts. They provide solutions for specific applications and cross-industry challenges in the economy and the public sector. Laying down up-to-date and generally accepted practical know.-how, standards ensure that everything fits together well and that our modern life runs smoothly every day.

5 things you should know about standards:

  • Standards are a "common language", they establish important interfaces. They make sure that different systems "understand" each other and interact reliably and efficiently.
  • The application and development of standard improves the competitiveness of the economy. They support access to new, international markets.
  • The development of standards (standardization) is open to all. Everybody can take part. Experts from diverse fields network and, as a result, develop cross-sectoral best-practice solutions.
  • Standards are the basis for new ideas:  You can build on them, they are a constant driver of innovation.
  • Standards are not legally binding – unless their application is agreed by contract or legislators make them mandatory.
Actively shaping standards

Actively shaping standards

Everybody can take part in developing standards at the national, European and international level. This is how easy it is.

read full article

Products & services

Products & services

Standards are recommendations developed by experts. We offer you various options for accessing this practical know-how.

read full article