Actively shaping standards

The development of standards is open to all. They are continuously developed and adjusted to changing requirements. Thus, open innovation and co-creation have always been practiced at Austrian Standards.

Driver of growth and innovation – how can I take part in shaping standards?

Regardless of your industry, you can propose the development or revision of a standard, comment on project proposals and drafts or take part in developing standards in person. Your participation improves the ability of your products to succeed in the market. You recognize customer needs earlier and reduce your costs thanks to shorter development times.

How standards are developed - click on the interactive graph to get more information

As an independent and neutral platform, Austrian Standards has guaranteed a transparent process since 1920. All stakeholders interested can engage in a direct dialogue within a worldwide network. Overall, there are nine different opportunities for actively contributing anytime.

graphic explaining the shaping of standards Idea, project proposal Commenting on project proposed Committee prepares standard proposal Commenting on draft standard, standard is finalized Standard is published, standard is used Inputting experiences, updating standard if necessary

Option 1 - Idea, project proposal

You believe that a standard should be developed or updated? Present your idea to us. We are lookign forward to your proposal.

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Option 2 - Commenting on a project proposed

You want to make a comment or provide inputs to a current project proposal? Submit your comments online.

Comment on a project proposed now!


Option 3 – Preparing a standard proposal

You want to contribute to a specific proposal for a standard (e.g. ÖNORM) together with other experts? The relevant committee is looking forward to hearing from you.

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Options 4 + 5 – Commenting on and finalizing a draft standard

You want to submit comments on a current draft or improve it? It is easy to do that online. We are looking forward to your comments.

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Options 6 + 7 – Standard is published, standard is used

By using standards, you improve the fitness for purpose and the comparability of products and services. This provides assurance. Listen to these statements of practitioners in German.

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Options 8 + 9 – Inputting experiences, updating a standard

You want to provide feedback on a published standard? There are new requirements so that a standard should be updated? Please let us have your suggestions for improvements.

Input practical experiences now!

Further Information related to this subject

Our network

Our network

Being a well-networked service provider, Austrian Standards offers access to standards beyond borders. Benefit from our network.

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Internal Regulations

Internal Regulations

The Internal Regulations govern, for example, the development of ÖNORM standards and participation in the development of European and international standards.

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Conciliation Board

Conciliation Board

The Internal Regulations 2014 established the Conciliation Board. Here you can read about the issues it decides upon request.

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Why should you take part in developing standards at the international level?

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Ninety percent of all standards that are in effect in Austria originate from the European and international level. In addition to organizing the development of national ÖNORM standards, Austrian Standards – being the Austrian member of CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, and ISO, the International Organization for Standardization - also makes it possible for Austrian experts to take a leading role at the international level.


If Austrian experts are not involved in standardization, i.e. the development of standards, others will define the framework conditions for our business activities. At present, around 4,000 Austrian experts from diverse fields create standards in a direct dialogue with European and international experts.

When you take part in European and international standardization, you are involved in innovation right from the start. Secure a decisive information advantage and competitive edge and open up access to international markets  – thereby you can identify customer needs earlier and shorten your adaptation and development cycles!


CEN Technical Committees

CEN Technical Committees

Here you can see the TC secretariats managed by Austrian Standards.

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International news

International news

In our newsroom, we inform you about developments in European and international standardization activities.

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Benefits of standards

Benefits of standards

Why are standards used in business, everyday life and innovations? Learn more.

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You want to get access to new markets? We look forward to hearing from you:

Karl Grün

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Karl Grün

Director Standards Development
+43 1 213 00-714 +43 1 213 00-722
Heimo Ellmer

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Heimo Ellmer

Deputy Director Standards Development
+43 1 213 00-503 +43 1 213 00-502
Martin Lorenz

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Martin Lorenz

Deputy Director Standards Development
+43 1 213 00-409 +43 1 213 00-502
Stefan Wagmeister

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Stefan Wagmeister

Deputy Director Standards Development
+43 1 213 00-514 +43 1 213 00-502