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Logo VDE / DKE Annual Report 2015 STANDARDIZATION NETWORKING THE FUTURE

THE ORGANIZATION

The DKE is the nationally and internationally recognized platform for electrotechnical standards:

  • German member of the IEC International Electrotechnical Commission, Geneva
  • German member of the CENELEC European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, Brussels
  • The national standardization organization of the ETSI European Institute for Telecommunications Standards responsible for Germany, Sophia Antipolis

STRUCTURE OF THE DKE

Standardization is a joint effort: companies and organizations in industry, public authorities and other institutions that support the work of the DKE both financially and by sending technical experts, together constitute the DKE union of sponsors. The Council (LA) lays down the basic principles of the DKE. The chairman of the Council represents the DKE, both within the organization and in public.

  • Technical Advisory Board International and National Coordination (TBINK)
  • Technical Advisory Board ETSI(TBETSI)
  • Technical Advisory Board Evaluation of Conformity (TBKON)
  • Advisory Board Technology (BKT)
  • Finance Advisory Board

The Council also represents the German committees of the IEC and CENELEC.

THE DKE OPERATING PRINCIPLE

The total sales of the German electrical and electronics industry rose by roughly 0.6 % to approximately EUR 178 billion in 2015. This impacted upon exports which increased by around 7.1 %; exports account for approximately 90 % of total sales. Accordingly, the work of the DKE is internationally oriented towards the IEC, and nationally structured in such a way that the DKE bodies are generally assigned as counterparts to the international bodies, while also taking CENELEC into account. Roughly 80 % of European standards correspond to the results of the IEC work: this demand-oriented focus on international standardization also constitutes the basis for ongoing development of the internal European market – yet without being confined to the markets of Europe.

To help develop innovative fields and to coordinate cross-product system requirements, all nine technical divisions of the DKE and their standardization bodies, plus the Standardization and Innovation division, are supported by Excellence Clusters for specific topics which also work closely with other organizations, the VDE technical societies and the DIN bodies.

THE BASIS OF OUR WORK

The DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE was established in 1970 by the VDE and DIN. It operates on the basis of the Standards Agreement of 1975 between the Federal Republic of Germany and DIN

The DKE constitutes a joint organization of DIN German Institute for Standardization [DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.] and the VDE ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONIC & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES [VERBAND DER ELEKTROTECHNIK ELEKTRONIK INFORMATIONSTECHNIK e.V.] – the VDE is responsible for the daily operations of the DKE.

The standards issued by the DKE are part of the German collection of standards. If the standard in question contains safety provisions, it is also included in the VDE Specifications Code of safety standards.

The results of the standardization work by the IEC and CENELEC, along with the European standards of ETSI, are published in Germany by the DKE in accordance with the rules stipulated by DIN. The crucial elements of standardization in this respect are the public enquiry procedure and the principle of consensus. In its standardization activities, the DKE actively provides needs-based support for the drafting of national, European and international electrical, electronic and information technology standards designed to promote innovation and assist development.

If safety and environmental aspects are involved, regardless of the technical bodies of the DKE, the results of the standardization work may also be published as VDE application guides, with or without public enquiry procedures.

OUR OBJECTIVES

SAFETY

Overall safety for electrotechnical products, installations and their related services, also in the field of occupational safety.

COMPATIBILITY

System compatibility of products and installations in networked systems and applications

MARKET ORIENTATION

Accelerated market penetration of new technologies by supporting information processes via standards and specifications

CONSENSUS BUILDING

Bringing together the knowledge and the interests of all relevant parties, building consensus even around controversial technical issues.

REPRESENTATION OF INTERESTS

Representing German interests in the development of international and European standards in order to eliminate obstacles to trade and to open up markets worldwide.

QUALITY

Maintaining a high level of up-to-date technical rules in a consistent and widely accepted portfolio of standards which are oriented towards market and consumer requirements.

CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT

Worldwide acknowledgement of conformity assessment results.

EXPANDING THE HORIZON

Encouraging dialogue, safeguarding expertise and enhancing commitment: these are the maxims of the DKE and the factors involved in evolving the full power of standardization: for comprehensive safety of electrotechnical products in the interests of the consumer and the environment. Global opening of the markets by augmenting system compatibility and removing technical trade barriers. Successful development and swift implementation of technical progress for the sake of society as a whole.

ENCOURAGING DIALOGUE

The DKE is the platform for results-oriented dialogue in the development of generally accepted electrotechnical standards. With a focus on consensus, we bring together the know-how, information and interests of all relevant groups and publish the results as part of the German standards collection and the VDE Specifications Code of safety standards.

SAFEGUARDING EXPERTISE

The DKE is the official German expertise centre for electrotechnical standardization. We represent German interests in the European and international standardization organizations and implement the results of international standardization work in the national standards collection.

ENHANCING COMMITMENT

The DKE lives from the commitment and honest cooperation of all parties involved: technical experts contribute their know-how, companies provide resources, the DKE staff organizes the processes efficiently and provides corresponding support with a wide range of services. Our joint objective is to create acknowledged, market-oriented, state-of-the-art standards. And progress as the result of positive change.