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A journey through time

When you turn 100, you have a history and can tell many stories: How did it all start? What are the milestones? Which continuities can be seen? Where did ruptures occur? In a nutshell: How did you become what you are today?

The timeline looks back on the history of Austrian Standards – without nostalgia and without glorification, but rather in the awareness that we are standing on firm foundations from which we can look to the future and resolutely continue on the path of international orientation.

1920
1920

The Österreichische Normenausschuss für Industrie und Gewerbe ÖNIG(Austrian Standards Committee for Industry and Commerce) is founded at the House of Industry on 23 September. Around 400 experts develop mechanical, electrical and automotive engineering standards. The first president is Wilhelm Exner, initiator of scientific-technical institutions, such as TGM, the Technical Museum, TÜV and the Austrian Business Association.

1921
1921

The first standard is published. ÖNORM M 1501 defines metrical threads. Updated multiple times, it remains effective until 2018.

1926
1926

The third international conference of national standardizing associations is held in New York. It saw the birth of the International Federation of the National Standardizing Associations (ISA). Austria is also represented among the 18 participants – by ÖNIG’s Vice-President Paul Bretschneider.

1930
1930

ÖNIG celebrates its 10th anniversary and, subsequently, hosts the first international standardization meeting in Vienna.

Re-promulgation of the Federal Constitutional Law by ordinance of the Federal Chancellor of 1 January 1930: Legislation on standardization becomes a federal competence (Section 1 Art. 10 (1)).

Austrian Standards Timeline 1930
1932
1932

To mark standardized products, a special collective trademark is registered – subsequently known as ÖNORM GEPRÜFT.

The activities of standardization continuously widen. Following the examples of Germany, Great Britain and Sweden, ÖNIG changes its name to ÖNA – Österreichischer Normenausschuss (Austrian Standards Committee).

Austrian Standards Timeline 1932
1938
1938

The end (I): Upon Austria’s Anschluss into Nazi Germany, independent Austrian standardization work ends. At the last general assembly on 25 May, ÖNA is dissolved and becomes the “Viennese branch office of the German Standardization Committee DNA”.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1938
1942
1942

The end (II). Due to the war, the Federation of the National Standardizing Associations (ISA) ceases its activities.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1942
1945
1945

A new start (I). Shortly after the reconstitution of the Republic of Austria in 1945, ONA already resumes independent standardization work.

The “Dinorm” (DIN) standards introduced during the Nazi regime remain in effect, but are gradually replaced by “Oenorm” standards.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1945
1946
1946

A new start (II). On 14 October, 25 national standardization organizations meet in London to set up the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) which begins its activities on 23 February 1947.

ÖNA is a founding member and, one year later, already manages two international secretariats: firefighting apparatus and reinforced concrete.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1946
1948
1948

“OeNORM” and “OeN” are registered as trademarks.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1948
1954
1954

The first Standardization Act defines the legal framework for standardization work in Austria.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1954
1959
1959

For the first time, Austria is represented on the ISO Council, the top management body of the International Organization for Standardization, for a three-year term.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1959
1961
1961

Start of European Standardization: The national standardization bodies of the EEC and EFTA countries start harmonizing their national standards and establish the European Standards Coordinating Committee (Comité Européen de Coordination des Normes, CEN) that subsequently evolved into the European Committee for Standardization (Comité Européen de Normalisation, CEN).

Austrian Standards Timeline 1961
1964
1964

Upon the invitation of ÖNA, the CEN members meet in Austria (Salzburg) for the first time. CEN already has 39 working groups co-ordinating diverse fields of activities.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1964
1966
1966

A technical committee of ISO draws up the first definition of standardization. It states that standardization is based on “the findings of science, technology and experience”.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1966
1969
1969

ÖNA is renamed Österreichisches Normungsinstitut (Austrian Standards Institute) to better reflect the diversity of subjects covered by standards.

The name is abbreviated ON instead of ÖN because the letter Ö would result in “difficulties in foreign languages and electronic data processing”.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1969
1970
1970

First World Standards Day. ISO proclaims the day of its official foundation (14 October 1946) World Standards Day. Ever since, it has been celebrated every year together with IEC (electrical engineering) and ITU (telecommunications) to raise awareness of the importance of international standards.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1970
1971
1971

The amended Standardization Act becomes effective.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1971
1972
1972

The first European Standard (ÖNORM EN 2 “Classification of fires”) is adopted.

 

ISO publishes “International Standards” – officially designated as such – for the first time. Previously its documents had been called “ISO Recommendations”.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1972
1981
1981

CEN holds its annual General Assembly in Vienna, just as in 1997. ON presents “Norm & Form”, a calendar and exhibition project featuring standard-compliant products winning awards for their design there. The exhibition is also shown in Brussels twice.

1983
1983

After having moved for four times all over Vienna since 1945, ON and all its departments move into its current building at Heinestraße 38.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1983
1985
1985

With the “New Approach”, standardization takes on a significant role in the development of the internal market. Ever since, harmonized European Standards have supported compliance with the essential requirements of European directives. They are drawn up on the basis of EU and EFTA mandates in the technical committees of CEN and CENELEC (electrical engineering).

Austrian Standards Timeline 1985
1988
1988

By setting up the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), a European standardization organization dedicated to telecommunications is created.

ON is the national standards organization representing Austria in ETSI and joins ETSI as a member in 2016.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1988
1991
1991

CEN and ISO lay a new foundation for their co-operation. The Vienna Agreement, signed at ON in Vienna, helps avoid duplication.

 

To better represent the interests of consumers in standardization, the Consumer Council is set up at ON by a decision of the Austrian Council of Ministers.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1991
1995
1995

In the year of Austria’s accession to the EU, ON celebrates its 75th anniversary at a festive event held in the hall of the Belvedere Palace where the Austrian State Treaty was signed in 1955. In his speech, Federal President Dr. Thomas Klestil lauded the “brilliant idea of standardization”.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1995
1997
1997

Start of international consulting activities: ON organizes consulting and training programmes for enterprises, organizations and public authorities in various parts of the world, first of all in the transition countries of Eastern Europe.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1997
1998
1998

Publication of the first ONR: ONRs meet the growing need of the economy for normative documents that can be developed faster and in a more flexible way than classic standards. International examples are CEN Workshop Agreements and ISO Technical Specifications.

Austrian Standards Timeline 1998
2000
2000

At the festive event celebrating the 80th anniversary of ON in the Mozart Hall of Wiener Konzerthaus, the waltz “Normen” (Standards), opus 139, by Josef Strauss is performed.

Austrian Standards Timeline 2000
2001
2001

A scientific study covering Germany, Switzerland and Austria shows: Standardization contributes around 25 percent to economic growth and around € 2.5 billion (as per 2020) to GDP.

Analyses performed in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada yield similar results.

Austrian Standards Timeline 2001
2004
2004

In the run-up to the Eastern Enlargement on 1 May 2004, the number of CEN and CENELEC members also rises. By the end of 2003 all the national standardization organizations of the ten accession countries are full members of the “European standardization community”. Bulgaria and Romania follow in 2007. Today CEN and CENELEC have 34 members.

Austrian Standards Timeline 2004
2008
2008

Foundation of Austrian Standards plus GmbH: This subsidiary of ON is in charge of sales and services, training as well as certification. Its objective is to expand customer-focused value-added services and innovative offerings related to standards.

Austrian Standards Timeline 2008
2009
2009

Österreichisches Normungsinstitut becomes the Austrian Standards Institute. This name change of 2009 takes account of an increasing international orientation – just like the name change of 2018 to Austrian Standards International – Standardization and Innovation.

Austrian Standards Timeline 2009
2015
2015

“Construction norms” – i.e. not only standards but also legislation, regulations, grant guidelines, etc. – are criticized for pushing up the cost of building and housing. Therefore, Austrian Standards launches the “Austrian dialogue forum on construction – working together for clear and simple rules for building” together with the Federal Construction Trade Organization in order to initiate solutions and simplifications.

Austrian Standards Timeline 2015
2016
2016

On 1 January, the new Standardization Act becomes effective after controversial discussions – also at the international level. In spite of a more difficult framework, Austrian Standards takes on the tasks resulting from the new Standardization Act “out of responsibility for Austria as a business location and based on great trust”.

Austrian Standards Timeline 2016
2017
2017

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – the largest professional organization of electrical and electronics engineers and scientists – opens its European office in Vienna. The IEEE’s European Technology Centre is located on the premises of Austrian Standards.

Austrian Standards Timeline 2017
2020
2020

Austrian Standards celebrates its 100th anniversary.

CEN and CENELEC hold their joint annual General Assembly 2020 in Vienna.

Austrian Standards Timeline 2020