Foundations

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)

Goals

To defend consumer interests in national, european and international standardisation bodies and vis-à-vis the legislator.

Chair of the Consumer Council

Christian Kornherr - Chair of the Consumer Council

Dipl.Ing. Christian Kornherr - Austrian Consumer Association

Head of the Office of the Consumer Council

Franz Fiala - Head of the office of the Consumer Council

Dipl. Ing. Dr. Franz Fiala

Assistant

Ulli Matzek

Members

Austrian Consumer Association

Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection

Federal Chamber of Labour

Organisation of the Austrian Disability Associations

Austrian Road Safety Board — Department of Home, Leisure & Sports

Address

VERBRAUCHERRAT — CONSUMER COUNCIL
Austrian Standards International
Heinestraße 38
1020 Wien
Austria
Tel: +43 1 21300 711
f.fiala@verbraucherrat.at

The Consumer Council at Austrian Standards International was established in 1991 with the aim to represent consumer interests in national, European and international standards bodies. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.

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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).

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