Annual Report 2017 - Foreword

The future is big on Is: It is characterized by internationalization, innovation and interactivity. Growth and prosperity have long been negotiated and decided in the European and international arenas. That is also true for standardization. Austria is at the forefront when it comes to setting standards with innovative ideas internationally. Since the beginning of 2018, this has also been reflected by a new name: “Austrian Standards International – Standardization and Innovation”. We form part of a world-wide network and are an international hub for innovative know-how. For the first time, we publish our Annual Report in a digital version only and, therefore, much earlier than before. Wherever you are, just browse our Annual Report and have a look at the highlights, facts, results and trends.

o. Univ.Prof. DDr. Walter Barfuß

Prof. Dr. Manfred Matzka
Vice President

Dipl.-Ing. Harald Plöckinger
Vice President

Mag. Stefan Ehrlich-Adám
Vice President

DDr. Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha

Mag. Wolfgang Steigenberger


New co-operation projects, new partners, new and successfully completed projects and numerous encounters — this is what characterized Austrian Standards and its environment in 2017.

Facts & Figures

Important and interesting information on Austrian Standards International  until end-2017: Austrian Standards Institute

Member of

  • ISO – International Organization for Standardization
  • CEN – European Committee for Standardization
  • ETSI – European Telecommunications Standards Institute

Partner organizations in 162 countries all over the world (ISO members)

Certified & accredited

  • Certified according to ISO 9001, ISO 29990 and Ö-Cert
  • Accredited certification body for products according to ISO/IEC 17065
  • Notified certification body for the EU - Construction Products Regulation
  • Assessment according to the CEN membership criteria

105 employees at Austrian Standards International, Austrian Standards plus GmbH and Austrian Standards Operations GmbH

50% university graduates, 7% matriculation certificates with partially completed university courses, 21% matriculation certificates, 11% apprenticeships, 11% compulsory schooling — 18 languages, 7 nationalities

147 committees with 267 working groups at Austrian Standards

Austrian participation in

88% of ISO technical committees
90% of CEN technical committees

51 international committees and working groups are managed by Austrian Standards: 20 for ISO, 31 for CEN


“Number is the within of all things,” said Pythagoras. Our numbers illustrate key facts of 2017: stakeholders, results, trends.

Organizations nominating participants – Totals

Nominating organizations (percentages)

Participants in committees and working groups in total (2014 – 2017)

New participants in committees and working groups

New ÖNORM standards (2017)

Many opportunities for taking part in standardization via Austrian Standards

22,955 ÖNORM standards in total (2017)

New subjects — new committees

A total of 15 new technical committees were set up by
CEN and ISO in 2017.


  • Algae and algae products
  • Plant Biostimulants and Agricultural Micro-Organisms
  • Reporting in support of online gambling supervision
  • Preservation of digital cinema movies
  • Stirring and mixing industrial equipment
  • Accessibility in the built environment
  • Design for All
  • Cybersecurity and data protection
  • Energy management, energy audits, energy savings
  • Energy measurement plan for organizations


  • Wheeled child conveyances
  • Vulnerable consumers
  • Excellence in service
  • Packaging machinery
  • Ageing societies

Finances 2017

Turnover grew in general. But as the licence fees for purely national ÖNORM standards declared mandatory declined by around 0.5 million euro in 2017, income decreased by approximately 87,000 euro overall.

Other operating income was essentially made up of membership fees (around 0.2 million euro), financial contributions made by the federal government and the provinces (1.4 million euro) and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (0.2 million euro) as well as the reimbursement of costs incurred for the Consumer Council by the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection.

In 2017, expenditure largely remained the same as in 2016. In spite of salary rises based on collective bargaining agreements, personnel expenses were lower than in the previous year owing to appropriate optimization measures. Depreciation was slightly higher in 2017 than in 2016. The development of "other operating expenses" was mainly due to higher expenditure on maintenance. Savings were achieved, in particular, in the field of marketing and for communication and consulting costs.

The operating result amounted to around minus 0.5 million euro in 2017. Hence, it was approximately 0.2 million euro lower than in 2016.

At around 0.5 million euro, the financial result was positive in 2017 and corresponded to the average of the past years, although it was lower than in 2016. Thus, the result before tax was slightly positive for 2017.