Professional Standards

In Switzerland, besides government legislation, there are important sets of standards from the private professional associations. These sets of rules in part take on the function of General Terms and Conditions (GTC).

In detail:

Swiss Professional Accepted Standards

Professional associations

  • Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA)
  • Association of Swiss Highway Professionals (VSS)
  • Further professional building industry associations, such as
    • Swiss Brick Industry Association (VSZ)
    • Swiss Centre of Windows and Façades
    • Swiss-Liechtenstein Building Technology Association
    • Swiss Association of Gas and Water Professionals
    • Swiss Association of Waste Water and Water Protection Professionals
  • Swiss Centre for Rationalisation in Construction (CRB)
    • Publisher of the Catalogue of Standard Positions (NPK), which contains a systematic collection of standardised performance descriptions (by components and types of work), which are used in building practice as the basis for the performance index of the individual building contracts.
  • Swiss Association for Standardisation (SNV)
    • Support of interdisciplinary standards area as well as issuing standards for testing and certification.

Technical Provisions of the Law

  • Federal decrees
    • Public Works, Energy and Transportation (SR 7)
  • Cantonal decrees
    • Technical Construction Regulations
    • Construction Enforcement Office
    • Fire Enforcement Office
      • Standards of the Association of Cantonal Fire Insurance Agencies (VKF)
    • Public infrastructure

International Professional Accepted Standards

  • European Set of Standards (EN)
    • CEN
    • ETSI
  • International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)
  • Electro-Technical Commission (IEC)
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

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