The German Institute for Standardization (DIN, in German “Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V.”), is the German national organization for standardization and the German ISO member body. Headquartered in Berlin, it represents the interests of German stakeholders worldwide. According to an agreement with the Federal Republic of Germany, DIN is the national standards body for Germany. It’s a unifying force wherever it comes to setting standards in Germany.
Nevertheless, DIN is not a state institution that draws up standards and makes them binding. Rather, it is a registered non-profit association that develops standards and promotes their application through joint work by interested parties for the benefit of the general public. After all, standardization in the Federal Republic of Germany is a task for the self-government of industry. Besides, DIN aims to build networks, helps set up a common terminology, and opens up doors to international markets. There are currently around thirty thousand DIN Standards, covering nearly every field of technology.
In summary, DIN stimulates, organizes, steers, and moderates standardization for the benefit of the general public while safeguarding the public interest. Thus interested parties such as industry, science, consumers, testing institutes, and public authorities have a forum for the consensual development of standards.
The DIN committee Information Technology and Applications (NIA) deals in particular with the topics of blockchain and distributed ledger technology. This means that German interests in this new topic can be incorporated into international standardization from the outset. The aim is to draw attention to existing standards, to discuss requirements for amendments and new standards, and to work together from the outset against the background of broad interoperability.
DIN participates in the international and European standards bodies ISO and CEN and in the electrical engineering organizations IEC and CENELEC in order to represent German interests and promote the international free movement of goods. It organizes the integration of international standards into the German body of standards.
In addition, Digital Assets Custody and DLC Distributed Ledger Consulting GmbH also actively participate in the work of the following associations and organizations:
- Bitkom (German Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications, and New Media)
- Blockchain Bundesverband (Association for the promotion of blockchain technology in Germany)
- INATBA (International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications)
- ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
- ITSA (International Token Standardization Association e.V.)
Learn more about the work of DIN here.