Chronicle

1756 Empress Maria Theresia decrees that in the “Lande unter der Enns” (todays lower Austria) Viennese weights and measures have to be used (“Maßpatent”).
1777 Empress Maria Theresia proclaims the “Zimentierungspatent” (law on legal metrology): the general obligation to verify and re-verify each second year length measures, weights and scales is established.
1872 Emperor Francis Joseph I proclaims the “Maß- und Gewichtsordnung“ (law on measures and weights): implementation of the Metric System and establishment of the “Normal-Eichungs-Kommission” (NEK, standard verification commission).
1875 Foundation of the Metre Convention (base of the metric system of units, today SI): Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy is signatory state.
1876 Only metric weights and measures are permitted in Austria.
1907 Establishment of the Physico-technical Testing Service
1923 The NEK is abolished, foundation of the Bundesamtes für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying).
1955 The Metrology Act (MEG), Federal Gazette (BGBl.) No. 152 of 5 July 1950 becomes the foundation of today´s metrology service.
1987 Signing the Memorandum of Understanding of EUROMET, the European organisation for the collaboration on measurement standards
1990 Signing the Memorandum of Understanding of WELMEC, the European organisation for legal metrology
1993 Physico-technical Testing Service (PTP) in the BEV becomes a restricted legal entity. The PTP of BEV is responsible for testing and calibrations of measuring instruments, for knowledge transfer as well as expert activities.
1999 Signing the “CIPM MRA”, an arrangement in the frame of the Metre Convention on the mutual recognition for national measurement standards and for calibration and measurement certificates of national metrology institutes
2006 Notification as Notified Body for the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID)
2007 Joining EURAMET e.V. (European Association of National Metrology Institutes), the newly founded regional metrology organisation of Europe

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