The Swiss Standards Association (abbreviated SNV, French Association Suisse de Normalisation) is the Swiss national standards organisation based in Winterthur. It represents Swiss interests in European and international standardisation.
The SNV enables standards to be set
As an information hub and independent competence centre, the SNV ensures efficient access to national and international standards. It enables and promotes the development and harmonisation of new standards using the active influence of its expert members from national and international standards bodies.
The SNV is a full member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). In this way, the SNV ensures international cooperation in standardisation. This institution is the Swiss equivalent of the Austrian Standards Institute (ASI), formally the Österreichisches Normungsinstitut, which issues ÖNORMen; it is also comparable with the German standards institute Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN).
By 2019, more than 700 companies and institutions were members of the SNV, and of the almost 29’000 SNV standards, more than 28’000 were national adoptions of European Standards (EN)
Bottom-up principle – users write for users
Standards are not developed by the legislator, an authority or a state regulator, but by the interested parties themselves. Anyone interested in the subject can participate in the work of the standards committees and contribute their specialist knowledge. To ensure that the market accepts the standards produced, the SNV strives for the broadest possible participation in the standardisation process and tries to involve a large number of stakeholders in the standardisation process, for example:
- Manufacturers and producers
- Universities, research and scientific institutions
- Authorities and local government