DKE  German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE
Stresemannallee 15
60596 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: +49 69 6308-0
Fax: +49 69 6308-9863



The first electrotechnical safety regulation was issued more than a hundred years ago. Today, experts working in or with the DKE collaborate to create standards that guarantee the safety of electrical products and systems. As a competence centre for electrotechnical standardization, we represent German interests in European and international standardization organizations.

The DKE business organization


Structure of the DKE

The DKE business organization is divided into four divisions:

The Technology division works with experts from industry, science, trade and politics on current and future standardization topics. In this way, we will continue to help secure Germany's position in the future as one of the leading economic nations. The increasing convergence of technology requires new thinking: in addition to traditional product standards, it is also important to improve the networking of system experts and to make innovative topics such as cybersecurity accessible on all platforms.

DKE supports companies in using standardization as a strategic tool. The important work in the standardization committees is complemented in many ways: by development projects, thematically relevant events such as workshops and webinars as well as numerous other measures for the application and development of technical rules. For example, development and support projects are interlinked with standardization work in order to yield synergies for the rapid and application-oriented implementation of innovative topics in new standards or specifications.

In addition to Technology, the internal Production and Finance & Controlling divisions are responsible for implementing standardization projects, IT support, etc.

The External Relations & Support division expands the already well-established national and international standardization networks and deals e.g. with strategic issues concerning the entire standardization policy. This division supports the management bodies of IEC and CENELEC and monitors developments relevant to standardization in more than 70 nations worldwide.

Our structure

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. The Council is assisted by advisory boards that are responsible for the major areas under its purview:

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

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

The way we work

Exports account for around 90% of total sales in the German electrical industry. 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 topics and to coordinate cross-product system requirements in the converging technologies, all divisions of the DKE and their standardization bodies 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 and the VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies – 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 is a safety specification, 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 Mission


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


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.


The DKE lives from the commitment and honest cooperation of everyone 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 consists in acknowledged, market-oriented, state-of-the-art standards. And progress as the result of positive change.

Our goals


Overall safety of electrotechnical products and installations – and their related services and labour protection.


System compatibility of products and installations in networked systems and applications.


Accelerated diffusion of new technologies on the market by supporting information processes via standards and specifications


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


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


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.


Worldwide acknowledgement of conformity assessment results.


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.

Our history

First safety rules are created

  • In 1893 , the first VDE technical committee developed "Regulations for the installation of low-voltage electrical systems". These were followed, two years later, by safety regulations for high-voltage electrical equipment.
  • In January 1896, the Elektrotechnische Zeitschrift (ETZ) published the forerunner of today's DIN VDE 0100 "Low-voltage electrical installations".
  • In 1904, VDE presented its first "Standards Book".

Electrical engineering in Germany becomes organized

  • In 1879 Werner von Siemens and the Imperial Postmaster General Heinrich von Stephan founded the world's first "Electrotechnical Association". It covered all areas of electrical engineering and its tasks were to promote and develop the technical applications of electricity and to maintain the scientific basis. Further electrotechnical associations were founded.
  • In 1893 the representatives of the electrotechnical associations merged their organizations to form:  "Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker" (VDE).

National and international standardization organizations form

  • In 1901 , the first national standards institute, the Engineering Standards Committee (now the British Standards Institution), was established in the United Kingdom.
  • In 1906 , the "International Electrotechnical Commission" (IEC) was established with the participation of the VDE.
  • In 1917 , the "Normenausschuss der Deutschen Industrie" was established in Germany and renamed the "Deutscher Normenausschuß" nine years later.
  • In 1920 Austria laid the foundations for the "Österreichische Normungsinstitut".
  • In 1970 DIN and VDE united all German electrical engineering associations in the Deutsche Kommission Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik (DKE). It is the only body responsible in Germany for electrotechnical standardization and for representing German interests at the international level.
  • Since 1975 , the position of the DKE has been legally recognized in the "Normenvertrag" (“Standardization Treaty”) concluded between DIN and the FRG, and DIN is now called "Deutsches Institut für Normung".