ANNUAL REPORT 2019 - FOREWORD
Being the Austrian organization for standardization and innovation, Austrian Standards International has an important responsibility: The development of standards is to provide solutions to global challenges such as climate change, smart technologies, the aging society and many more. Furthermore, standardization is to:
- foster innovation,
- promote the European economy,
- facilitate global trade,
- support sustainable development, and
- protect the health and safety of Austrians.
For 100 years, Austrian Standards has contributed to strengthening Austria’s voice at the European and international level by expanding the leading role of our country in national, European and international standardization activities. This is also reflected by the activities undertaken last year. In addition to our participation in European research projects and regular working meetings with other standardization organizations, more than 4,400 Austrian experts from diverse sectors again contributed to shaping market rules that improve Austria’s competitiveness in 2019. Internally, too, Austrian Standards continuously strives for optimization: Last year, for example, significant work was undertaken to prepare our brand rebrush and the relaunch of our website. Moreover, groundworks also started for our anniversary year. Read more about our activities of 2019 in this Annual Report.
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o. Univ.Prof. DDr. Walter Barfuß
DDr. Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha
New co-operation projects, new partners, new and successfully completed projects and numerous encounters — this is what characterized Austrian Standards and its environment in 2019.
Facts & Figures
Important and interesting information on Austrian Standards International
- ISO – International Organization for Standardization
- CEN – European Committee for Standardization
- ETSI – European Telecommunications Standards Institute
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
142 committees with 282 working groups at Austrian Standards
AUSTRIAN PARTICIPATION IN
81% of ISO technical committees
100% of CEN technical committees
51 international committees and working groups are managed by Austrian Standards: 22 for ISO, 29 for CEN
“Number is the within of all things,” said Pythagoras. Our numbers illustrate key facts of 2019: stakeholders, results, trends.
ORGANIZATIONS NOMINATING PARTICIPANTS – TOTALS
NOMINATING ORGANIZATIONS (PERCENTAGES)
PARTICIPANTS IN COMMITTEES AND WORKING GROUPS IN TOTAL (2015 – 2019)
NEW PARTICIPANTS IN COMMITTEES AND WORKING GROUPS
22 590 ÖNORM STANDARDS IN TOTAL (2019)
NEW ÖNORM STANDARDS (2019)
NEW SUBJECTS — NEW COMMITTEES
Bei CEN und ISO wurden 2019 insgesamt 11 neue Komitees gegründet.
- Food Authenticity
- Public Procurement
- Regulated chemicals in products
- Microbiology of the food chain
- Small Craft
- Sustainable and Smart Cities and Communities
- Non automatic weighing instruments
- Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies
- Sharing economy
- Sex toys Design and safety requirements
- Machinery intended for use with foodstuffs
The profit and loss account of Austrian Standards International shows a positive result before tax in 2019. There were no special extraordinary events in day-to-day operations during the business year.
In 2019, turnover increased by around 0.2 million euro against the previous year. Other operating income was essentially made up of membership fees (around 0.2 million euro) as well as financial contributions made by the federal government and the provinces (1.4 million euro) and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (0.2 million euro) and contributions to international research projects (0.2 million euro).
Overall, expenditure fell in 2019 against 2018. The reduction was primarily owed to lower personnel expenditure (and a change in the breakdown of personnel costs and other operating expenses resulting from tax law).
The operating result amounted to around minus 0.7 million euro in 2019. Hence, it decreased against the previous year.
At around 0.7 million euro, the financial result was positive in 2019 and higher than the one achieved in the previous year.
Thus, the result before tax was slightly positive for 2019.