established in 1991 on the basis of a decision of the Council of ministers (1990), later embodiment in the Product safety Act (PsG 2004), is formally a special committee of the Presidential Council of Austrian Standards International. The Office of the Consumer Council operated by the Austrian Consumer Association (VKI)
To defend consumer interests in national, european and international standardisation bodies and vis-à-vis the legislator.
Chair of the Consumer Council
Dr. Christian Kornherr Austrian Consumer Association
The Consumer Council does not only deal with standardisation but also with legislation in technical fields - particularly where both areas are closly linked. And this is more and more the case.
In accordance with the so-called “New Approach” often only general protection goals are laid down in EU directives. The complementary technical specifications are drawn up by the European standards bodies such as CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation), CENELEC (Comité Européen de Normalisation Electrotechnique) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) in the form of harmonised European standards based on mandates by the Commission. As a result of this approach frequently decisions on matters relevant to the consumers are taken within the framework of European standardisation.
Increasingly the preparation of standards is shifted to the international level. European specifications are often based on standards produced by ISO (International Organization for Standardization), IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) or ITU (International Telecommunication Union).