Standardization is an instrument of deregulation
DIN Standards relieve the state of the responsibility for developing detailed technical specifications itself; rather, it can refer to standards in legislation, for instance as regards minimum safety requirements. At the national level DIN Standards play a significant role in the Länder building regulations, in pollution control regulations, in the Product Safety Act, and the Energy Efficiency Act.
At the European level the "New Approach" formally lays down the deregulatory role of European standardization in the development of the Single Market. According to the New Approach, European Directives specify essential safety and health requirements which are then given more technical detail in the harmonized European Standards that are implemented at national level. Sectors in which the New Approach is applied include machine safety, medical devices, and pressure vessels.
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Benefits of standardization