DIN e. V.

Contact person

Am DIN-Platz, Burggrafenstr. 6
10787 Berlin, Germany
www.din.de, www.ebn.din.de
Mr. Hermann Behrens, hermann.behrens(at)din.de


The remit of the registered non-profit association DIN German Institute for Standardization is to encourage, organize, steer and moderate standardization and specification activities in systematic and transparent procedures for the benefit of society as a whole, while safeguarding the public interest. The results of DIN's work serve to advance innovation, safety and communication among industry, research organizations, the public sector and society as a whole, and to support quality assurance, rationalization, occupational health and safety, and environmental and consumer protection. By agreement with the German Federal Government, DIN is the acknowledged national standards body that represents German interests in European and international standards organizations.

Many new technical systems are developed with such rapidity that standardization in its traditional form cannot adequately keep pace. Characteristic for many innovative technologies, however, is that the resulting systems are so complex that without some form of normative structuring they will not function. Such complex systems are further characterized by their development proceeding in iterative stages that do not initially produce a stable "state of the art", which it has been the traditional task for standards to document. For this reason, DIN has introduced various simplified standardization procedures with which to create normative documents faster and hence in step with rapidly developing technologies. This involves a proactive approach to questions of standardization very early on in the overall process, which can then benefit from the timely formulation of recommendations on structural aspects of the developing product/system. The aim, then, is to define and agree on specifications at the R&D phase that can serve as jump-off points for further phases in the development process. The normative instruments designed to facilitate this are referred to by DIN collectively as R&D phase standardization.


Key Business / Risk Area

Business Areas:




Infrastructure & Construction


Social science & humanities



Industrial Technologies




Other: Development of Standards

Risk Areas:

Risk Governance

Industrial Risk

Environmental Risks

Occupational Risks

Financial Risks

Social/Societal Risks

Health Risks

Asset Integrity Risks (RBI etc.)

Life Cycle Analysis

Standards and Regulations



Main Products / Services

Main Product:

  • Standards


  • Standardization Services

Key Projects
(running or just finished)

  • DRIVER – Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience, www.driver-project.eu
  • MoDeNa – Modelling of morphology Development of Micro- and Nano Structures
  • HECTOS – Harmonized Evaluation, Certification and Testing of Security Products

Why we joined EU-VRi?

At DIN we’re seeking to help individual consortia to create, publish and establish international community standards. Standards support interconnectivity of experimental platforms and allow repeatability and reproducibility of scientific research. Worldwide.