Standards promote efficiency, trust and safety
Why do we need standards?
Under today's market conditions the significance of norms, standards and technical rules – and their correct use – is an economic factor that should not be underestimated. Standards promote production efficiency, and by ensuring consistent product quality with a high level of comparability they increase consumer confidence.
Standards also mean more safety from a legal perspective – in meeting standards manufacturers achieve a high level of legal security. For more information see the section "Standards and the law".
How can I use standards?
Innovation and technical progress in accord with relevant legislation are the mainsprings of product and service quality, and require the effective use of technical standards. Any standards user having a question regarding the technical content of a standard (e.g. delivery conditions, dimensions, test instructions) can contact DIN for assistance.
Standards users requiring proof of compliance with a particular product or service standard can make use of the certification services offered by DIN and its subsidiaries.
Users often employ an electronic means to manage their standards collection. DIN and Beuth Verlag provide support in the acquisition and management of standards collections.
Up-to-date information on technical and legal issues is of prime importance for those involved in building projects. This information is available online at DIN.bauportal (currently only in German).
Where can I get more information?
In addition to the Standards Committees who develop standards, the German Committee of Standards Users (ANP) at DIN provides all stakeholders in standardization with a platform for exchanging experience and information. Consisting of DIN staff and over 400 active external experts from enterprises throughout Germany, ANP is organized into several regional groups and individual projects. Members of ANP communicate via DIN's internal online platform "LiveLink", sharing professional experience and solutions for current standardization issues. ANP offers its members high quality practice-oriented training programmes.