ONR (ON Rules) are quickly available normative documents whose development process does not have to meet all the requirements applicable to a "classic" standard.

On the European and international level, "Workshop Agreements" (CEN, ISO) and "Publicly Available Specifications" (ISO) have been established.

The Austrian Standards International offers ONR for this way of consensus management.

1. When is an ONR the best solution?

An ONR is the best solution when:

  • its application is to yield experiences as an input for a potential standardization project in the future,
  • it is to document the current state of new or rapidly changing developments.

ONRs bridge the gap between ÖNORMs that are based on a broad consensus and those specifications that, for example, are developed by one or a few companies or institutions.

The subsequent introduction of a standard (ÖNORM) can be prepared.

2. How is an ONR developed?

There are two options for developing ONRs:

  • An existing group (outside the Austrian Standards International) submits an independently developed paper. Austrian Standards Development verifies whether the composition of the group meets the requirements for the document to be published as an ONR.
  • Companies, organizations or interest groups entrust the Austrian Standards International with the management of a project on a specific ONR. Project management covers the organization of meetings and technical support, e.g. checking the relation of the topic with Austrian, European and International Standards as well as legal regulations. An online form for submitting project proposals is available.

2.1. What has to be observed when developing an ONR?

  • The expert group has to consist of representatives of at least two market partners though the involvement of more market partners is desirable.
  • An ONR must not contradict other ONRs or existing ÖNORMs.
  • Decisions are made by simple majority. If unanimity cannot be achieved, the result has to be explained in a minority report in the ONR.
  • An ONR has to be submitted to public enquiry if it deals with aspects of management systems, conformity assessments and/or health and safety. In all other cases, public consultation is not mandatory.