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Reduced workload for employees, higher turnover, lower costs: DIN and DKE demonstrate the advantages of SMART standards For the first time, DIN and DKE have evaluated the economic benefits that SMART standards have for companies

( 2024-04-22 )  By using SMART standards, companies can potentially increase their turnover by up to 60 percent – the degree of digitization of the company and the standards provided play a decisive role here. DIN and DKE established this in conjunction with the Digital Standards Initiative (IDiS). They examined how the use of SMART standards affects a company’s process quality, product quality and sales potential and what influence they have on employees or the organization. The results showed that the time required is significantly reduced. The workload of employees is also reduced, allowing them to concentrate on other tasks. Material costs can be roughly halved, while the number of orders processed can even be doubled in the best-case scenario. More 

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Commentary on the programme “Viele Normen – Teure Wohnungen” [Numerous standards - expensive apartments] Aired on 16 April 2024 by the southern western German regional broadcasting company, SWR

( 2024-04-17 )  On 16 April 2024, the episode entitled “Viele Normen - Teure Wohnungen? - Vom Bürokratiewahnsinn im Wohnungsbau” [Numerous standards - expensive apartments? - The bureaucratic madness in housing construction] of the feature programme “SWR Story” examined the topic of standardization in the housing construction sector. Unfortunately, due to its in part very biased, one-sided and misleading statements, the programme does not make a substantial contribution to the important debate about rising costs in housing construction. In numerous instances, the feature shows a lack of thorough examination of the underlying subject. More 

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The ruling of the European Court of Justice strengthens the proven division of labour between the European Commission and private sector standardization Statement of DIN and DKE

( 2024-03-13 )  On 5 March 2024, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that EU citizens have a right of free access to certain harmonized European Standards vis-à-vis the European Commission if these standards lay down specific safety requirements for products or services. Specifically, the lawsuit concerned four technical standards for toys. At the same time, the ruling does not call into question the copyright protection of harmonized standards - and therefore it also does not call into question the established European standardization system, which has functioned well for decades. More 

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Report: Standards Dialogue Germany - Korea

( 2024-03-12 )  The German Korean Standards Dialogue (S-Dialogue) took place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 7 December 2023. The S-Dialogue is organized by the four standardization organizations DIN, DKE, KATS and KSA. This dialogue aims to strengthen the standardization cooperation between South Korea and Germany. In several sessions both, strategic and technical issues were explored by the leaders from all four standardization organizations as well as technical experts from industry. You can read and download the full report here. More 

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Copyright protection of Harmonized Standards not in question – however, there is an overriding public interest in their disclosure

( 2024-03-05 )  Today the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered its judgment in Case C-588/21 P concerning public access to four Harmonized Standards under Regulation 1049/2001. The judgment does not call into question that Harmonized Standards are subject to copyright protection. The ECJ finds that there is an overriding public interest in the disclosure of Harmonized Standards under Regulation 1049/2001, and therefore annuls the European Commission’s decision to refuse access to the four standards requested. CEN and CENELEC, as two of the official European Standardization Organizations (ESOs), and their members – the National Standardization Bodies and National Committees in 34 European countries line DIN and DKE – welcome that the Court does not follow the main argument of the applicants and the Advocate General, who had proposed to exclude copyright protection for Harmonized Standards in general. Nor does the judgment call into question the fact that access to documents under ... More 

Supporting agrifood systems through international standards Agritechnica 2023: DIN and ISO join forces to present standardization roadmap on smart farming

( 2023-11-10 )  Though the use of modern information and communication technologies, smart farming promises to boost productivity and efficiency in agriculture. For networking to function across the entire agrifood value chain, standards and specifications are key. They specify interfaces and uniform data formats and allow open access to new technologies. More 

Sustainability reporting with standards How ISO and CEN Standards can help in meeting the reporting requirements of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)

( 2023-10-31 )  Effective January 2023, the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) came into effect as a new EU directive on sustainability reporting, building on the previously implemented Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD). The primary objective of the CSRD is to bring sustainability reporting on par with financial reporting. To comply with the CSRD requirements, the reporting requirements of the Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) must also be followed. Throughout 2024, the CSRD will be phased in. This directive ensures that a significantly larger group of companies in the European Union is required to report on sustainability. As a result of the CSRD's reporting requirements expansion, the number of companies subject to the regulations is projected to rise from roughly 11,600 to 49,000 across the EU. More 

World Standards Day: From Climate Protection to AI – How Standards build trust

( 2023-10-10 )  On World Standards Day, the benefits of standardization are celebrated every year on October 14. Because one thing is clear: Standards make life easier. They make it possible for bank cards to fit into the slots provided or the copy paper into printers all over the world. Most people don't notice standards too much in their everyday lives – because almost everything fits together and functions smoothly. In the background, however, they ensure that the world is as comfortable and safe as we know it. They define requirements for products, services or processes and thus ensure, for example, that our drinking water is hygienically safe for children and adults. Standards drive the transformation More than 250 years ago, technical standards already helped the industrial revolution achieve a breakthrough and eased the transition from manual labor to machine production in factories. With the digital and green transformation, similarly large tasks lie ahead of us today. In order to be ... More 

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Breakthrough in SMART Standards DIN and DKE successfully complete first pilot projects under the Digital Standards Initiative (IDiS)

( 2023-09-12 )  Up to now, the application and use of standards has required many individual manual steps. The information from the corresponding standard has to be captured, extracted and transferred to other systems by humans to the greatest possible extent. The Digital Standards Initiative (IDiS) of DIN and DKE is therefore of crucial importance when it comes to improving the competitiveness of German industry: What if standards content is digitally prepared and can be read and applied by both humans and machines? Several times now, it has been possible to demonstrate live in operation how SMART standard content is read and applied independently by a machine. The demonstration is the result of one of the pilot projects within IDiS. In the development of SMART standards, DIN and DKE focus on practical application scenarios. Companies provide the technical expertise for the standards content and are at the same time the users. For this reason, various pilots on specific use cases were created ... More 


COP 27

( 2022-11-07 )  Stopping climate change is one of the most pressing tasks of our time. As a global challenge needs global solutions, there is increasing focus on international cooperation. Starting today until 18 November 2022, the 27th UN Climate Change Conference will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (COP 27). Under the motto “Together for Implementation”, the two-week international conference will focus on concrete implementation steps resulting from the previous joint declarations of intent and goals. ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, of which DIN is a member will also be there. International standards and specifications play a decisive role as an instrument for implementing climate protection commitments. The widespread adoption and use of relevant international standards will help policy makers, business and society adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change and accelerate the transition to a greenhouse-neutral economy. Standardization provides a platform ... More