Austrian Standards Institute

The Austrian Standards Institute (ASI, formerly Austrian Standards Institute ) is a non-profit, non-partisan platform for the creation of standards in Austria. Basic principles are the full participation of science, business and administration and unanimity in adopting the regulations.

It creates ÖNORM and ON rule based on the standard law.

The Austrian Standards Institute also houses the Bauschiedsgericht.


The Institute Austrian Standards Committee was established under the name of Industry and Trade ( Ö.NIG ) on 23 September 1920. In 13 specialized committees standards were developed, with emphasis in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and motor vehicle was. In 1921, the first standard was published, which contained provisions on metric threads.

In 1932 the name was changed to ÖNA Austrian Standards Committee. Published every year 40 to 60 new standards. In 1938, the ÖNA was an outpost of the German Institute for Standardization DIN with the connection to the German Reich. His work immediately after the end of the War of 1945 ÖNA resumed, a year later he was a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization ( ISO).

In 1954, the legal basis for the work of the ÖNA was created by a federal law, which was brought by an amendment to the state valid today in 1971. In between was still the name change of the organization to ON Austrian Standards Institute.

In 1991, the seat of the ON in Vienna was the place of signing of the Vienna Agreement ( Vienna Agreement ) between ISO and the European Committee for Standardization ( CEN), aimed at avoiding the duplication of efforts in Europe. As a result, more and more European and international standards have been adopted to replace the corresponding ÖNORMEN part. In addition, it was decided from the year 1998 rules, the so-called ON Rules, bring out, that can be created flexibly and quickly than is the case with standards.

By the end of 2007 19.974 ÖNORMs have been published, more than half of them are European standards. In 2007, the Institute out in 2029 new standards, in turn, made ​​the EN a large part of.

In 2008, the Austrian Standards Institute established a 100 % owned subsidiary, Austrian Standards plus GmbH - the sales and service organization.

In summer 2009, the English name has been due to the international activities of the Institute " Austrian Standards Institute " / abbreviated with "ASI " prefix.

Legal basis and responsibilities

The legal basis for the work of the Austrian Standards Institute, the Austrian Standard Act of 1971.

The task of the Austrian Standards Institute is the creation and publication of Austrian standards and the provision of the necessary organization. It also provides the contact to the international standardization bodies forth (DIN, CEN, ISO, etc. ) and is responsible for the implementation of EU standards in Austria. For this it has 123 permanent employees (2013 ) to help the approximately 6,000 experts (2013 ) in the various committees the process of developing content standards and to update it periodically.

In addition, the Austrian Standards Institute, the Bauschiedsgericht is located, which can be in disputes in the construction industry and in case of disagreement arising from the Procurement Act, called. This arbitration provides the opportunity for an amicable settlement of the differences.