DIN e. V.

DIN is one of the world's leaders in standardization. More than 30,000 experts from industry, research, consumer protection and the public sector work together at DIN to develop market-oriented standards and specifications that promote global trade and innovations, assure efficiency and quality, and help protect the environment and society as a whole. DIN deals with subjects ranging from A as in Acoustics to Z as in Zinc. A focus is also placed on trending topics such as Industry 4.0 and smart cities.

External specialists use their expertise to develop the content of standards, while DIN's project managers make sure the entire process runs smoothly. DIN staff members coordinate national, European and international projects, and ensure all internal rules of procedure are followed. This increases the global acceptance of DIN Standards.
DIN is a private organization that is registered as a non-profit association. Its members include businesses, associations, government bodies, and other institutions from industry, commerce, trade and science. DIN is based in Berlin.

A public-private partnership

In 1975 DIN entered a public-private partnership with the German Federal Republic by signing the Standards Agreement in which DIN is acknowledged as the sole national standards body in Germany.
According to this Agreement, DIN is obliged to

  • consider the public interest in the preparation of standards,
  • ensure that its standards can be referenced as documents which describe technical requirements, in legislation, in matters affecting public administration, and in legal relations, and
  • contribute to international understanding in the field of standardization.

The Federal Government undertakes to

  • recognize DIN as the competent standards organization for Germany and as the national standards body representing Germany in non-governmental international standards organizations, and
  • apply DIN standards in its administrative departments, when issuing invitations to tender or placing orders, and to use its influence to ensure that other public authorities placing contracts do the same.
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DIN's subsidiary and associated companies publish technical rules and literature, provide database services and are active in certification.

Who does what in DIN - a look into DIN's organizational structure.

DIN is a private organization registered as a non-profit association. Our work is primarily financed through the sales of standards, Beuth publications and services.


DIN represents the interests of German stakeholders worldwide. Wherever standards are set in Germany, DIN is a unifying force.

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The German Standardization Strategy sets out the goals of German industry, politics, research and standardization.

DIN was founded in 1917 as the "Standards Association of German Industry".