DKE Deutsche Kommission Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik in DIN und VDE

DKE Deutsche Kommission Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik in DIN und VDE develops standards and safety specifications in the areas of electrical engineering, electronics and information technologies. It represents the German interests in the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Around 3,500 economic, scientific and administrative experts develop the VDE regulations in DKE. Today, VDE regulations are largely based on European standards, about 80 per cent of which are the result of the international standardisation work of the IEC.

Short description of the project contribution

(Electrotechnical) standardisation – representing interests and opening markets for German companies

The standardisation workstream merges the activities for national and international standardisation. In order to introduce and represent the electrical engineering perspective, DKE is charged with the sector-specific support in matters of standardisation in the field of electrical engineering. DKE relays the project-relevant results developed in the different stages. This ensures that the project partners obtain a comprehensive view in terms of standardisation (i.e. including of the electrotechnical domain), e.g. during project meetings. The following separate packages are intended for DKE:

First, an overview is made of the current standards and specifications for electrical engineering as well as relevant ongoing projects and activities. The results are kept up to date over the course of the project. Demand-oriented research on specific issues raised by the project complete this package.

Building on the findings of the project, the need for standardisation is determined and documented. In cooperation with the project partners, the results are prepared for standardisation.

Based on the determined requirements, an implementation plan is developed for the upcoming standardisation activities. For this purpose, the standard committees within DKE standardisation bodies that are potentially affected by each (electrotechnical and non-electrotechnical) standardisation project are informed in order to enable the committees with the appropriate expertise to be involved in the development process. In addition to a rough time frame for the planned publications, appropriate committees for the submission of an application are defined at the national and international level. In cooperation with the project consortium, the relevant applications are elaborated and submitted. The project partners can also participate in the committee meetings.

If a standardisation proposal is approved, standardisation work begins. The developed standards are transferred by the DKE into German standards and are then available to the public.

The primary objective is to represent German interests in Europe and internationally and to open markets for German companies through successful standardisation.

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