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German Standards Institution

The German Institute for Standardization e.V. (DIN), founded in Berlin in 1917, is a registered association based in Berlin. DIN's standardization work is a technical and scientific service for all citizens of our country. Standardization benefits the national economy as a whole.

DIN is the round table at which manufacturers, trade, consumers, craftsmen, service providers, science, technical supervision, the state and anyone with an interest in standardization come together to determine the state of the art and write it down in German Standards.

These rules of technology serve the rationalization, the quality assurance, the safety, the environmental protection and the understanding in economy, technology, science, administration and public.

The standardization work is carried out in 4300 working committees with 33,800 voluntary employees. Finished standards are reviewed at least every 5 years to ensure that they are up to date.

National and international working groups

National and international working groups

The German Institute for Standardization also defines the standards for data communication. However, since a large part has already been standardized in the USA by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. has thankfully adopted part of the ISO standards unchanged and published them as DIN-ISO standards. This ensures international consistency, and expert discussions on an international basis have a sound basis.

DIN test marks

DIN test marks

As a non-profit association, DIN develops German standards (DIN Standards) for the benefit of the general public, which are compiled in the German Standards System. DIN is recognized by the Federal Government as the competent standards organization for the whole of Germany. The technical work is carried out in working committees, which are combined in standards committees, by volunteers. These are experts from interested circles, such as users, authorities, professional associations, vocational, technical and higher education institutions, trade, crafts, industry, testing institutes, property insurers, experts, technical supervisors, consumers and scientists. The Information Processing Standards Committee (NI), which is responsible for data processing, is actively involved in ISO.

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Englisch: German Standards Institution
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