Industrial Standards in Switzerland

Overview by
National Standards Organizations
Swiss Standards Association SNV (Schweizerische Normen Vereinigung). SNV is the umbrella of all standards and certification organisations in Switzerland.
Integration in the International Standards Network
SNV is a member :


 International Standard organization (ISO)

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

CEN (European agency for standards)

International Communication Union (ITU)

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

Obligation to Use Standards
Classification of Standards
The various domains of standardization along with relevant organisation is mentioned below:


1. Electrosuisse Domains covered: electrical savety standards, electromagnetic emissions

2. SIA   Domains covered: building standards (above and underground construction,cultural aspects, environmental critera, insulation, air-cond/heating/safety)

3. VSS Domains covered: traffic safety, planning of public and private sector transportation networks, energy efficiency, signaling, safety in tunnels, financing

4. SVGW Sector covered: quality standards of processes and equipment for drinking water and natural gas

5. VSA Sector covered: sewage treatment and water pollution control

6. SICTA (Swiss Information & Communications Technology Association)  Sector covered: Communications equipment

7. BAKOM (Swiss Federal Office for Communications) Sector covered: telecommunications incl. radio and TV;

8. Swissmem  Sector covered: industrial machinery such as machine tools, textile machines,packaging machine, power generating and distribution equipment etc.

9. Interpharma  Secor covered: manufacturers of pharmaceuticals with own research departments

10. SWISSMEDIC Sector covered: Therapeutic Products (Swiss government agency similar to FDA in USA)

11. SUVA Sector covered: Occupational safety.

12. BAG Sector covered: public health

Assessment of the System of Standardization
Switzerland is a member of CEN (European agency for standards) and thus needs to adopt any new European standards, as 50% of country’s GDP is based on foreign trade. Switzerland applies “Harmonized European Standards” pertaining to health, safety and environmental criteria. All products covered by those standards must carry the CE label as a sign of compliance in all EU countries. The use of CE labels helps the sale of products in local market as well.
Online Consultation of Standards
Visit the SNV.
Certification Organizations
Swiss Federal Office for Metrology and Accreditation (SAS).
Associations of Standards Users
Swiss Office of Norms Practice (NOP)

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