Historical Evolution

1883 5th March: Founding assembly of the Elektrotechnischer Verein (EVW, today: OVE) on the occasion of the International Electrotechnical Exhibition in Vienna.

Licence decree

  • Art. 1 commits the manufacturers of electricity production and transmission installations to a licence granted by the authorities of the respective Province.
  • Art. 5 refers to the future publication of regulatives (today: regulations).
1887 The „regulative committee in the EVW starts working on safety regulations and publishes the draft requesting comments (today: public enquiry proceedings)
1889 The first EVW regulations are finished and passed by the General Assembly.
1901/02 The Imperial and Royal Governorship of Lower Austria and the District Commission of Vienna recognize the first EVW regulations (today: liability declaration)
1906 Austria participates in the foundation of the International Electrotechnical Commission IEC.
1909 The Royal and Imperial Ministry of Public Works enacts the EVW regulations.
until 1938 EVW 1 to 44 are in force.
1946 The „International Commission for Conformity Certification of Electrical Equipment” CEE is founded.
1953 Austria adheres to the CEE.
1958 The EC countries engage in first talks on the harmonization of electrotechnical regulations.
The CEE decides for green-yellow to mark the protective conductor.
1959 The „Comité Européen de Coordination des Normes Electriques dans le Marché Commun” (European Committee for the Coordination of Electrotechnical Standards in the Common Market - CENELCOM) is founded. It aims at providing harmonized standards in order to eliminate trade barriers.
1960 Foundation of the „Comité Européen de Coordination des Normes Electriques” CENEL.
Aim: Analysis of IEC electrotechnical standards to determine to what extent they are suitable for implementation in the EEC and EFTA states. Its members are the EEC countries and on behalf of EFTA Austria, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Great Britain.
1961 Foundation of the Comité Européen de Normalisation CEN. It is in charge of standardization in the non-electrotechnical field. Members are the EEC and EFTA states.
1972/73 CENEL and CENELCOM join up to form the Comité Electrotechnique de Normalisation Electrotechnique CENELEC, which counts Austria among its members.
Initially, membership is restricted to EC and EFTA countries; an extension to the East will be prepared later on.
1973 The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) of the EC introduces the principle of the formulation of general safety aims and of the general reference to standards.
1979/80 Dr. SAILER is appointed first Austrian Vice-President of CENELEC.
1985 The EC Commission adopts the „New Approach to standardization. Directives in conformity with this method define general safety aims, and EC and EFTA confer the mandate to work out adequate standards to CEN and CENELEC.
1996 On 1st January, Mr. WANDA from Austria is elected President of CENELEC. His two-year term of office is subsequently prolonged for one year, which constitutes an exception from the rules of procedure.
1997 The General Assembly of CENELEC decides to admit the Czech Republic as a full member. Another application for admission is presented by Hungary.
1998 IEC and CENELEC use increasingly electronic means of communication for their standardization work, e.g. electronic voting system via the internet and working group servers for technical bodies.
1999 On 1st January, a new cooperation agreement between OVE and ON comes into effect, which lays down an unequivocal work division between the two organizations.
2001-2009 Since the admission of new states into the EU, the national standards organizations of the following countries were added gradually as full members of CENELEC: Malta, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia.
2009 The OEK is certified to ISO 9001.
2010 Publication of Standards Strategy 2010 (link) (in German)

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