28.01.2021 // General news

Information from the SNV Head Office regarding COVID-19

On this page, we provide you with information on how we are continuing to support you in the current situation and let you know what channels you can use to contact us.

Our aim is to ensure business continuity, with the health of our staff, their families, our customers and our service providers being key to this goal. Because of this extraordinary situation, SNV employees are working from home whenever possible.

Contacting us
You can get in touch with us by phone and e-mail.

Meetings will take place subject to prior notice via the web tool «Zoom».

Services of the SNV
All of our services, e.g. the SNV online shop , standardization committees and the WTO enquiry point remain operational. The SNV Academy is organizing training in the form of online seminars. Participants who have already registered will receive the relevant information directly. Find out about the seminar offers yourself or contact the Academy team

Standards relating to COVID-19
Below you will find a list of standards that contain requirements for aids in connection with COVID-19. These can of course be ordered any time in the SNV online shop.

Respiratory devices



Eye protection equipment

Protective clothing

Non-active medical devices

The following ISO standards can be accessed free of charge

You can find more free ISO standards here.

Why do standards usually have to be paid for?
Standards are generally paid products. Their users benefit from a range of advantages, including increased efficiency, cost savings, easier market access and a reduced product liability risk. In Switzerland, standardization is a self-regulatory duty of the economy. This ensures that the users of the standards decide which standards are in line with the market conditions. By purchasing standards, users ensure that the SNV, as a non-profit association, can continue to organize independent, private-sector and efficient standardization work. Learn more on this page.

Who creates the standards?
Standards are developed by those who will later apply them. To ensure the market accepts these standards, widespread involvement, transparency and consensus are basic principles at the SNV. Anyone can submit an application for standardization. All parties interested in a topic will be given the opportunity to take part and contribute their expertise to the process. Draft standards are made public and debated before being adopted. The experts involved must generally be in agreement on the final content. Standards are reviewed at least every five years to ensure they are in line with the state of the art. Learn more on this page.

Please get in touch with our staff at the SNV if you have any questions or suggestions.

We wish you the best of health and look forward to seeing you again in person.

Kind regards from the SNV team

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