Uniform European Standards have largely eliminated technical barriers to trade in Europe. A functioning Single European Market requires European Standards that are identical in all Member States. Thanks to common standards, integration of new EU members can be achieved quickly.
DIN represents Germany’s standardization interests as a member of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). DIN holds almost 30% of all CEN working committee secretariats. The current 30 CEN members are obliged to adopt European Standards as a substitute for their former national standards. This means it is often of crucial importance that national interests are represented in a timely and qualified manner. In the European Commitee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), Germany is represented by DKE Deutsche Kommission Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik im DIN and VDE (DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies of DIN and VDE), which holds 30 % of all working committee secretariats.
The objective of European standardization is to harmonize national standards in member countries.
Single European Market
European standardization makes a fundamental contribution towards ensuring the free movement of goods and the functioning of the Single European Market.
EU Notification Procedure
European Standards Organizations
The European standards organizations CEN and CENELEC act as the holding entity for all national standards organizations in Europe.
Developing European Standards
How is a European Standard developed?
European Standards and Other Deliverables
European secretariats held by DIN