Agreement signed with TSE
DIN and Turkish Standards Institution to cooperate on standards matters and information exchange
(2010-04-09) On 8 April 2010 the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) and DIN signed an agreement on mutual cooperation in standardization and conformity assessment matters. Signatories to the agreement were TSE President Tahir Büyükhelvacigil and DIN Director Dr. Torsten Bahke.
The agreement provides for greater cooperation in identifying new standardization opportunities and for mutual support in the pursuit of common interests in international standards committees. The exchange of experts from both countries with the aim of intensifying joint research and development efforts is also encouraged.
The agreement is intended to help dismantle technical barriers to trade and reflects the importance of the economic ties between Turkey and Germany. Founded in 1954 and a full member of ISO and IEC just one year later, TSE is a public organization operating on the basis of the standards law of November 1960. Turkish standards are voluntary in principle, however they can be made compulsory by Ministerial decree. Since 1996 a policy of harmonization of national standards with the European system by implementing standards developed by CEN and CENELEC has been pursued. TSE-NET, an electronic system for commenting and processing draft standards, was introduced in 2003. The marketing of the "TSE mark" via conformity assessment and certification is a major area of business.