The members of the Honorary Board advise Austrian Standards; they critically review the significance of standards for the economy, science, policy-making and society as well as long-term developments and strategies.
The Honorary Board
Thus, the Honorary Board is to point out approches providing solutions to issues of social and economic relevance.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz Fischler (President)
o.Univ.Prof. Dr. Christoph Badelt
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Carl Baudenbacher
Mag. Brigitte Ederer
Univ.Prof. Dr. Helga Nowotny, Ph.D.
Dkfm. Dr. Claus J. Raidl
Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Peter Skalicky
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. e.h. Klaus Wucherer
On the occasion of the Alpbach Technology Forum, the annual summit meeting of the Austrian research, technology and innovation community, the Honorary Board of Austrian Standards convened. The general theme of this year's forum - "Diversity and Resilience" - prompted the Board to focus on the role of standards at the intersection between the economy, policy-making, law and science.
The Austrian government aims at "decluttering" the body of federal law. "It makes sense to reduce complexity and jettison ballast. However, you also have to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Voluntary standards can make a significant contribution to cutting red tape. They reduce the burden on legislators and administration; they save enterprises from rigid rules," states Franz Fischler, Chairman of the Honorary Board of Austrian Standards. Claus J. Raidl is happy about the success of Austrian exporters and stresses that standards are an important driver of exports, given that Austrian companies score points with international standards beyond the national borders.
"Even though word may not have got around to everyone, voluntary standards disburden the state and are invaluable helpers in reducing bureaucracy," says Fischler. While acts of law set the legal framework, standards can be specific and deal with details. Moreover, standards are reviewed regularly - at least every five years - and quickly adapted to most recent developments. "The EU recognized this function of standards many years ago," Fischler explained during the inaugural meeting of the Honorary Board of Austrian Standards.