Standards and regulations

Standardisation work is of primary importance at Bender. This task we have set for ourselves in our guiding principles.

Bender employees are working in numerous standard committees. The company is especially proud that Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Hofheinz (CTO Bender until December 2012, now adviser to the executive board for all matters concerning standardisation) has been elected as chairman of DKE in December 2010 for the eleventh term of office (01.01.2011 to 31.12.2014).

We highly appreciate the knowledge of our employees und support their work in numerous national, European and international standardisation committees in the field of electrical engineering.

All national and international standards can be purchased via the following reference sources.


About standardisation

What is standardisation?

Standardisation is the systematic process by which tangible or intangible subjects are reduced to a desired degree of order by the joint efforts of the interested parties for the benefit of the entire community (DIN 820-1).

Which standards organisations are responsible for electrical engineering?

In Germany, the Deutsche Institut für Normung e. V. (DIN) (DIN German Institute for Standardization) is the responsible standardisation body.

Only in the field of electrical engineering, the DKE (German Commission for Electrotechnical, Electronic & Information technologies of DIN and VDE), as a DIN standards committee and VDE organ, is responsible for the elaboration of standards and safety specifications covering the areas of electrical engineering, electronics and information technologies in Germany. The VDE Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik e.V. (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technology) is responsible for the daily operations of DKE.

The DKE is the German member of IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) Geneva, and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization), Brussels and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).

In Europe, there are three responsible organisations: CEN, CENELEC (Electrical Engineering) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).

The responsible organisations for international standardisation are: ISO (International Organization for Standardization), IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and ITU (International Telecommunication Union).

Standards and the law

The use of standards is voluntary – they do not impose legal responsibilities. They only become legally binding if they are referred to in laws, regulations and contractual agreements. An agreement to comply with the requirements of a standard can ensure "State-of- the-art technology", for example.

Further information on standards can be found on the Homepage of DKE.

Our standardisation team

Bender has realized early, that standardization is very important. Currently, we are represented in more than 50 national and 20 international standardization committees. This engagement requires a good organization and coordination. Our team consists of three full-time employees and others who work in selected standard committees in addition to their main tasks. The standardization secretariat is supporting the experts.

In addition to the active standardization work, our standardization team informs about new and revised standards and normative developments in form of information seminars, expert articles and books.