The significance of standardization policy in the collaboration between standardization and the government becomes clear on the national level: Standardization plays a supporting role for deregulation, meaning, the dismantling or reduction of market regulation by the government. This collaboration is referred to as the „Public Private Partnership“ and has been active in Germany for more than 100 years. The collaboration is defined in the so-called “Normvertrag” (Standards Agreement) between the Federal Republic of Germany, DIN and DKE, which has now been in effect for over 40 years.
The objectives of German standardization policy are based on the German Standardization Strategy. In the strategy, the economy and society are confirmed as the driving forces behind standardization. The objective is to outwardly reinforce Germany’s position as a leading economic nation by breaking down trade barriers through harmonizing the German and international bodies of standards.
The legislature should be supported by intelligent, largely independent standardization in order to meet the special requirements of the economy. Standardization always strives to be a coherent body of standards, so standards and specifications do not contradict each other and efficient interaction is established. On the basis of laws and directives, politicians leave the definition of technical rules to the standardization organizations. This disencumbers the legislature which prepares, recognizes and funds the standardization work.
The standardization organizations’ work creates opportunities to collaborate with the economy and various interest groups. In this way, the general public is also aware of the standardization.
Another important objective is to provide the impetus for sustainable development in future planning. An important example is how society, politics and the economy handle the digital transformation.