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„100 Years on the Pulse“

No anniversary without a timeline. 100 years old – but more topical than ever.

Here you can see the most important milestones in our 100-year history. A few highlights are:


We already participated in the first – still informal – conference of standardization organizations in London, the capital of a country that was still at war with Austria only three years before.


We took part in the foundation of ISA, the predecessor organization of today’s ISO, in New York and soon took responsibility for committee secretariats.


ÖNA, the Austrian Standardization Committee, was dissolved and integrated into DNA, the German Standardization Committee (today’s DIN).

In 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, ÖNA was already established again as an independent national standardization organization.


Only one year after the end of World War II, we again joined the international community in London to re-launch international standardization work by founding ISO.

Late 1950s / early 1960s

We contributed to laying the foundations of European standardization. We also took over executive tasks and became a member of the ISO Council, the core governance body of ISO.


The Vienna Agreement, signed in Vienna, has placed co-operation between international and European standardization on a new footing and still is in effect today.


Heinestraße 38 became the House of Standards, and IEEE opened its European Technology Centre in this building. IEEE – the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – is the world’s largest professional organization of electrical and electronics engineers and scientists.


The General Assembly of the European standardization organizations CEN and CENELEC should have been held in Vienna, but unfortunately the Coronavirus thwarted these plans.

As you can see, the central theme definitely is our international orientation.

Today, much more than 90 percent of ÖNORMs are European or international standards. Austrian experts are involved in 100 percent of European CEN committees and 81 percent of international ISO committees.

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