The Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV) is the Swiss umbrella organization, established in 1919 as non-profit organization under private law. There are over 650 collective members from all branches of industry and the service sector. Other members of SNV include associations and institutions, as well as public companies and administrative authorities.
The structure of standardization in Switzerland is based on a decentralized system with delegated responsibilities within autonomous standards sectors. The secretariats of such standards bodies are incorporated in relevant professional associations or with SNV.
SNV is responsible for coordination, publication, distribution, registration and sale of standards and relevant documents, organizing meetings and seminars and representing sectoral and national interests in the field of standardization.
SNV is a member of ISO, the International Organization for Standardization and of CEN, the European Committee for Standardization.
In accordance with the Federal Notification Act, SNV is mandated to operate the notification procedure for technical regulations and relevant standards and to act as the national WTO Inquiry Point.