Submit a comment

Before a standard becomes a standard it has to be submitted to a public enquiry as a draft standard. Everybody is free to give his/her opinion on this document.


Table of contents


1 Period
2 Draft Standard Portal
3 Conventional way of commenting
4 Comments on standards
5 European Standards – which language?
6 National Standards


1. Period

The period fixed for commenting on a draft standard is indicated on the cover page of the draft standard and normaly ends after six weeks.

Therefore, you are kindly asked to observe the time period for comments fixed for the document. After its end, the comments are discussed in the technical committee responsible for the standard.

Comments on ÖNORM drafts and the relevant committees response to those comments are published on the website of Austrian Standards. By submitting your comments you agree that they will be published on the website of Austrian Standards by indicating your name (first name and surname) or the name of the organisation stored in your profile. Natural persons may revoke this consent at any time. The legality of the consent of the processing carried out up to the revocation remains unaffected. You also agree to the provisions on copyright, as reflected in the Rules of Procedure ÖNORM 2022, Section 9.13.


2. Draft Standard Portal

When a committee reaches agreement on the contents of a future standard, the document is published as a draft standard. Comments can be made on this draft standard during a period previously defined (usually six weeks).

In this public enquiry phase, any person interested may submit comments and propose improvements directly to the relevant committee. The easiest way of doing this is to use the Draft Standard Portal.

The comments received are discussed by the committee. Only then, the finalized standard is published.


3. Conventional way of commenting

Alternatively, you may download the comments table in the Word format, input your comments and email it to Austrian Standards Development or the competent committee manager.

Committee managers from A to Z


When filling out the comments table, please note:

  • Comments on individual sections or specific points of the draft should be entered on separate rows. This makes it easier to assign the comments received to the relevant sections.
  • Please inform us of any infringements of patent rights as well as contradictions to laws and regulations (if possible by means of supporting documentation).


4. Comments on standards

There are numerous opportunities for actively shaping the contents of standards. In addition to directly participating in the work of a committee, you may submit comments in the different phases of standardization projects.

Of course, you may also comment on standards that have already been published by simply sending an e-mail to the heads of Austrian Standards Development or to the manager of the relevant committee. We are interested in the experiences you made in applying standards as well as in your suggestions for improvements.

Proposing a standardization project

If you believe that a new normative document should be prepared or an existing one should be updated, you may propose a standardization project online.

The National Work Programme lists ongoing projects for national ÖNORM standards and ONRs as well as draft documents currently submitted to public enquiry.

5. European Standards – which language?

Comments on the contents of European draft standards (e.g. ÖNORM EN, ÖNORM EN ISO, ÖVE/ÖNORM EN) should be written in English since most technical committees agreed on using English as their working language.

Proposals for the editorial improvement of German versions of European draft standards may be submitted in the German language.


6. National Standards

Editorial and/or linguistic proposals for change/improvement of Germanversions of European Standards shall be submitted in German.