Executives and managers of companies increasingly try to demonstrate that they do everything necessary to ensure compliance with legislation and prevent criminal actions by staff members. In the past few years, numerous measures of varying quality and effectiveness were taken under the heading of compliance – however, their focus frequently was not on traceability and comparability.
In February 2013, Austrian Standards published ONR 192050 that for the first time, established specific requirements for an effective compliance management system. It also provided essential input for the development of the International Standard ISO 19600 "Compliance Management Systems" that is currently still a draft and prospectively will be published at the end of 2014 or at the beginning of 2015. Both normative documents are applicable to organizations of all types and sizes and are to provide guidance on how to guarantee compliant behaviour based on appropriate structures in organizations/enterprises.