The application of international standards supports access to new markets. They ensure compatibility and quality - two aspects that are critical to successful market entry, reliable co-operation with local suppliers and customer acceptance.
Austrian Standards is your key contact for obtaining the standards you need - regardless of the publishing organization, the language version needed and the export market concerned.
National (e.g. Austrian ÖNORM or German DIN standards), European (EN) or International (ISO) Standards? Learn more in this short video (in German only).
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a world-wide, independent organization bringing together the official standardization bodies from 162 countries. Its Austrian member is Austrian Standards. ISO develops International Standards in all fields except for electrical engineering & electronics as well as telecommunications. ISO contributes significantly to simplifying international trade. Here you can read more about ISO.
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The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) headquartered in Brussels is the platform for the development of European Standards (EN) in all fields – with the exception of electric engineering and telecommunications. These common standards applicable all over Europe form the basis of the European single market. Consequently, the contents of European Standards are identical except for their language, the preface and any national annexes. Austria is represented in CEN by Austrian Standards International, and European Standards are published in Austria as ÖNORM ENs.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the counterpart of ISO (International Organization for Standardization) in the electrotechnical and electronic field and provides globally applicable standards in those areas. Some standards are also developed together with ISO.
The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) is based in Brussels and is in charge of developing European Standards (EN) in the electric and electronic field. Austria is represented in CENELEC by our partner OVE and the common European Standards have been published as OVE EN since April 2016. There are still numerous standards in effect that bear the previous designation ÖVE/ÖNORM EN.
The German Institute for Standardization (DIN) is one of the leading standardization organizations world-wide. The topics covered by DIN range from acoustics to sports equipment and from water management to aerospace technology. DIN also focuses on megatopics such as Industry 4.0 and smart cities. Here you can read more about DIN.
Having around 155,000 personal members, the Association of German Engineers (VDI) is the biggest technical-scientific association in Germany and provides key impulses for new technologies and technical solutions. The VDI standards contain recommendations and specifications. They describe the recognized state of the art (e.g. automotive technology, medical devices, process engineering.
ASTM International (formerly called the American Society for Testing and Materials) is a global organization headquartered in the USA that develops standards. Its work focuses on standardizing testing and analysis methods (e.g. for materials, products, systems and services).
The US Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) develops standards for the high-tech sector of electrical and information technology (e.g. for wireless communication, intelligent transportation, Industry 4.0). Having 430,000 members in more than 190 countries, the IEEE is the biggest technical professional organization world-wide.
Being the world's oldest national standardization organization and having more than 100 years of experiences, the British Standards Institution (BSI) is the global partner of 80,000 enterprises and organizations in more than 180 countries. Here you can read more about BSI.