Coronavirus

Coronavirus response

Status on April 3, 2020, 11 a.m.

NEW: Freely available ISO and IEC standards
NEW: FAQ on export requirements for personal protective equipment

The measures taken to contain the spread of the coronavirus currently result in world-wide restrictions in the economy and in public life — an exceptional situation that will continue in the coming weeks.

We carefully monitor current developments. If they should require urgent action, we will provide information here.

Since the first announcements on 10 March 2020, Austrian Standards has acted as foresightedly as possible and, of course, in full compliance with the measures adopted by the Austrian government and the regulatory requirements issued by public authorities. The primary objective is to reduce social contacts as much as possible while keeping adverse impacts as low as possible.

Austrian Standards has taken the following measures so far:

  • The employees of Austrian Standards have switched to teleworking and work from home. To ensure that they can take care of their children, case-by-case solutions have been found. All business trips have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. In all divisions, you can reach us as usual in line with our business contact data.
  • Our office, including the Austrian Standards Meeting Center, at Heinestraße 38 in the 2nd district of Vienna is closed to external visitors for the time being.

We provide you with the following EN standards at no cost

Austrian Standards offers you the following EN standards for download:

Dokumentnummer                                                  Titel
ÖNORM EN 149:2009 07 01Respiratory protective devices - Filtering half masks to protect against particles - Requirements, testing, marking
ÖNORM EN 166:2002 04 01Personal eye-protection - Specifications
ÖNORM EN 455-1:2001 02 01Medical gloves for single use - Part 1: Requirements and testing for freedom from holes
ÖNORM EN 455-2:2015 06 01Medical gloves for single use - Part 2: Requirements and testing for physical properties
ÖNORM EN 455-3:2015 06 01Medical gloves for single use - Part 3: Requirements and testing for biological evaluation
ÖNORM EN 455-4:2009 12 15Medical gloves for single use - Part 4: Requirements and testing for shelf life determination
ÖNORM EN 13795-1:2019 06 01Surgical clothing and drapes - Requirements and test methods - Part 1: Surgical drapes and gowns
ÖNORM EN 13795-2:2019 06 01Surgical clothing and drapes - Requirements and test methods - Part 2: Clean air suits
ÖNORM EN 14126:2004 12 01Protective clothing - Performance requirements and test methods for protective clothing against infective agents (consolidated version)
ÖNORM EN 14605:2009 06 15Protective clothing against liquid chemicals - Performance requirements for clothing with liquid-tight (Type 3) or spray-tight (Type 4) connections, including items providing protection to parts of the body only (Types PB [3] and PB [4])
ÖNORM EN 14683:2019 12 01Medical face masks - Requirements and test methods
ÖNORM EN ISO 374-5:2017 02 01Protective gloves against dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms - Part 5: Terminology and performance requirements for micro-organisms risks (ISO 374-5:2016)
ÖNORM EN ISO 10993-1:2011 03 15Biological evaluation of medical devices - Part 1: Evaluation and testing within a risk management process (ISO 10993-1:2009 + Cor 1:2010) (consolidated version)
ÖNORM EN ISO 13688:2013 10 15Protective clothing - General requirements (ISO 13688:2013)

Freely available ISO and IEC standards

To support world-wide efforts in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, the international standardization organizations ISO and IEC agreed to make available numerous standards on respirators and important medical devices free of charge.

Go to the list of ISO standards - these standards are freely available in read-only format online.

Go to the list of IEC standards - these standards can be requested by e-mail free of charge, they contain print and text copy restrictions as well as watermarks.

FAQ on export requirements for personal protective equipment

On 1 April 2020, the European Commission published a document answering frequently asked questions complementing the Guidance Note published on 20 March 2020. These documents support public authorities and enterprises in the Member States in implementing the export authorization requirements for personal protective equipment introduced on 15 March 2020. These requirements apply temporarily and are in line with all the international obligations of the EU.

Go to the FAQ "Export requirements for personal protective equipment"

Information for participants of seminars and courses

NEW: "Kurzarbeit", home office, legal uncertainty in the construction industry: Mastering the crisis is challenging for all of us. Find answers in our webinars (German only):

www.austrian-standards.at/seminare

All further trainings (seminars, courses, etc.) scheduled for the time until 30 April 2020 will be postponed. The participants affected will be contacted.

Information for experts taking part in standardization

In any case, there will be no physical meetings of standardizing committees and working groups until 31 May 2020. The committee managers will clarify whether meetings can be alternatively held as virtual meetings (web conferencing) or postponed.

International standardization organizations

ISO: No physical meetings of ISO technical committees or working groups will take place until 30 June 2020 — they will be postponed or held virtually (www.iso.org).

CEN: The same rule currently applies to CEN until 30 June 2020 (www.cencelec.eu).

Information for customers

Our Customer Service (product-related inquiries: +43 1 213 00-300, service(at)austrian-standards.at) and our Support Line (technical inquiries: +43 1 213 00-888, support(at)austrian-standards.at) are available for your inquiries as usual during regular office hours.

Our online tools for ordering, applying and managing standards (Webshop, effects, Lesesaal, etc.) are fully accessible as usual.

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