Standards for innovation and safety
Ever since the first electro-technical standard VDE 0100 was passed on November 23, 1895 at the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany, VDE standards have been an inseparable part of the development of key technologies in electrical engineering, information technology and consumer protection.
Standards are a key prerequisite for innovation and for ensuring the safety of people and the environment. And they are also a major economic factor. According to a study conducted by DIN in 2002, standardization contributes around 16 billion euros to Germany's gross domestic product, helps reduce trade barriers and, like patents and licenses, is an important factor for a company's success.
DKE - the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies - is a joint organization of DIN (German Institute for Standardization) and the VDE. The VDE is responsible for the daily operations of the DKE, which is the national organization for developing standards and safety regulations for electrical, electronic and information technologies. DKE represents German interests in the European and international standardization organizations CENELEC and IEC.
The VDE Testing and Certification Institute tests electrical products and issues the worldwide known and respected VDE certification mark. In turn, the know-how accumulated annually in the roughly 16,000 tests flows back into the VDE's standardization work. The VDE publishing house (VDE Verlag GmbH) publishes and markets the VDE regulatory works and specialist publications on standardization.
The VDE provides current information on standardization proposals and developments in electrotechnical fields on its DKE Internet homepage. You can also find the right contacts for our free telephone service and information on the DKE offices throughout Germany. DIN-VDE or IEC standards can be researched, ordered and subscribed to online in the VDE-Verlag Shop.