Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.
About the German Institute for Standardization or Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.
The Deutsches Institut für Normung e.v (DIN) is the German national organisation member body in global standardisation. Founded in 1917, the DIN develops and maintains standards for industries worldwide.
The DIN actively contributes to the development of global standards and participates in major standardisation bodies like ISO and CEN to make sure German interests are heard.
As a non-profit, the DIN plays a significant role in influencing and aligning Standards across sectors such as engineering, manufacturing, and virtually every other field of technology.
There are currently over 30,000 DIN Standards, including one of the most well-known standards: DIN EN ISO 216 (the A-series of paper sizes). The A4 paper size is an internationally recognised standard that was first published as a German Standard, DIN 476, in 1922.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The German Institute for Standardization (Deutsches Institut für Normung) is the national standards organisation in Germany. It is responsible for developing, maintaining, and promoting standards (usually within the medium of research projects) across industry, research, consumer protection and the public sector. The DIN is key in gauging consistency, quality, and safety in German products and services.
DIN Standards come as the result of work at national, European and/or international levels. It sets the bar for everything from screw sizes and paper formats to electrical safety and environmental regulations. DIN Standards are reviewed at least every five years, and a standard can either be revised or withdrawn if it no longer reflects the current state of technology.
The DIN is an independent, non-governmental organisation that is owned by its members. These members include stakeholders like businesses, associations, public institutions, and certain individuals. This independent membership keeps DIN standards transparent and collaborative to accurately reflect the needs of all stakeholders.
DIN's primary role involves developing new standards, maintaining existing standards, promoting the adoption of new standards, and representing Germany in international standardisation.
Through its committees, DIN addresses specific industry needs deemed important for industry, commerce, and society. It actively contributes to international standardisation bodies (e.g. ISO), aligning German standards and global practices.