Consensus Based Standardization
DIN develops standards with the participation of all stakeholders and for the benefit of society as a whole. DIN also represents Germany in European and international standards organizations. The resulting standards promote worldwide trade, encourage rationalization, quality assurance and environmental protection, and improve safety and international communication. Standards have an effect on all sectors of society, from the business world and the science and technology sector to the private sector. Standards also play a major deregulatory role, relieving the state of the responsibility for developing detailed technical specifications. DIN publishes these standards and promotes their implementation.
One of the major principles of standards work is its voluntary nature. Standardization is also open to the participation of all stakeholders, is consensus-based, international, reflects the state of science and technology, and is economically viable and beneficial to society as a whole. The standards collection resulting from this work is uniform, consistent and relevant.
Learn more about the goals of standards work at DIN.
Financing standards projects
At any given time around 8,000 standards projects are being developed in DIN's 71 standards committees and commissions, who have a total of 3,149 working committees, resulting in the publication of roughly 2,500 standards, draft standards and specifications each year. The standards committees are not only responsible for standardization in their respective area(s) at national, European and international level, they also help promote the application of their standards in all relevant areas of life.