Hungarian Standards Institution (MSZT)

H-1082 Budapest, Horváth Mihály tér 1

Year of foundation: 1921

Legal Status: non-profit body of public interest, according to Law XXVIII of 1995 on national standardization and its amendment by Law CXII of 2001; self-governed and registered in accordance with the provision of the Civil Code.

By virtue of the Law, the Hungarian Standards Institution (MSZT) is the national standards body of the Republic of Hungary.

Hungary is represented by MSZT, via its membership, in the following international and European standards organizations:

  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
    membership of MSZT: since the foundation of ISO - 1947
  • International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
    membership of MSZT: since the foundation of IEC - 1906
  • European Committee for Standardization (CEN)
    national membership of MSZT: from 1st of January 2003
  • European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC)
    national membership of MSZT: from 1st of June 2002
  • European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI)
    full membership of MSZT: from 1996

Officials of MSZT

  • President

► simultaneously the Chairman of the Standards Council
► elected by the General Assembly
► responsible for his activities to the General Assembly
► performs activities as defined in the Statutes

  • Vice-President

► elected by the General Assembly
► also a member of the Standards Council

  • Members of the Standards Council

► elected by the General Assembly and delegated by central administrative bodies
► gives guidance for the activities of MSZT

  • Members of the Financial Control Committee

► elected by the General Assembly

  • Chairmen of the national technical committees for standardization

► elected by the relevant committee from its own members

  • Managing Director

► Manages the Executive Organization


Supervision of the observance of legality of the activities of MSZT

A minister designated by the Government

maintains contact with MSZT and receives the annual reports on the work of MSZT.

Bodies of MSZT

  • the General Assembly

► chaired by the President
► approves the Statutes
►decides about the acceptance of the yearly report
► elects and discharges the President and vice-president of MSZT
► elects and discharges the eligible members of the Standards Council and the Financial Control Committee
► approves the accounts of the Standards Council and the Financial Control Committee
► approves the yearly budget
► responsible for any action referred to it by legislation or by the Statutes

  • the Standards Council

► chaired by the President
► determines the membership fees
► defines the basic policy for the functioning of MSZT
► approves the long-term and yearly programmes of national standardization

  • the Financial Control Committee

► inspects the conformity of the economic activities of MSZT to the rules

  • the Technical Committees for National Standardization

► carry out the professional work in each particular sector in an operative way

  • the Executive Organization

► provides continuous activities necessary for the functioning of MSZT


Members of MSZT

  • Any legal entity as well as economic organization other than legal entity can become member of MSZT    
    members of MSZT are registered;
  • current number of MSZT members: 320 (this membership covers more than   85% of the Hungarian economy)
  • MSZT members have delegated more than 3500 experts (representatives) to the 184 national technical committees for standardization

Conditions of membership in MSZT:

  • acceptance of the Statutes;
  • applying for membership;
  • payment of membership fee.

The main responsibilities of MSZT, in accordance with the Law, are:

  • development of national standards or provision for their development, their approval and publication, withdrawal and amendment as well as the preparation of the respective methodology and rules of procedure;
  • participation in the work of the international and European standards organizations and the coordination of the participation by  stakeholders;
  • preparation of guidance and advice in national standardization issues;
  • preparation and publication of studies related to standardization;
  • determination of the use of the national standards mark as well as implementation and management of the rules for the application of international and European marks related to standardization;
  • development and management of a certification system  to assess conformity of products and services to national standards;
  • participation in the development of rules for the certification of conformity with legal rules or other specifications;
  • establishment of a system for the certification of quality assurance systems against standards;
  • participation, on request, in the preparation of Hungarian legislation based on directives of the European Union;
  • provisioning of information and dissemination of knowledge related to standardization and certification;
  • management and development of trainings related to national standardization and certification of personnel;
  • technical documentation and other services.

Sources for the functioning of MSZT:

  • membership fees;
  • sale of standards and publications;
  • certification;
  • training;
  • information services;
  • other services;
  • mandates from Government;
  • support from interested parties.