Standardization, Standards and Regulations

    The department Standardization, Standards and Regulations is coordinating the standardization work inside VDA and is also hosting the Standards Committee Automotive at DIN.

    The department Standardization, Standards and Regulations is coordinating the standardization work inside VDA and is also hosting the Standards Committee Automotive at DIN.

    What the department deals with

    Technical rules, norms and standards form an essential basis for product development. At the beginning of any development work is the question of which standards for safety, environmental protection and usability must be met. In addition to these fundamental requirements, standards also describe the state of the art. Standards define fundamental requirements for quality, safety, help to reduce costs and enable interoperability and compatibility.

    Modern and innovative companies therefore ensure that they can influence the content by actively participating in the creation of technical rules and standards. This is associated with early information about important requirements. Compliance with future standards is thus ensured per se for the company's own products and promotes their acceptance on the market. The Standardization and Regulations department organizes and supports the creation of standards in the automotive sector. At the same time, it forms the platform for direct participation in European (CEN) and international standardization work (ISO) for the VDA as the sponsor of the Automotive Standards Committee at DIN (NAAutomobil). 

    Why is this topic important for the VDA and its members?

    Standardization is a central cross-cutting issue that affects all areas of the automotive industry, including specifications in the fields of automotive engineering, material requirements, quality, management, logistics, production and administration. It also includes the strategic positioning of the industry.

    How important will this topic be in the future?

    • Standardization contributes to efficiency and cost savings and supports the introduction of new technologies
    • Standardization supports the relationship between manufacturers and suppliers
    • Standardization supports national, European and international market penetration
    • Definition of interfaces enables cross-sectoral cooperation between industries (e.g. electrical industry and automotive industry)
    • European Commission increasingly implements rules and regulations in Europe via mandated standardization
    • Cross-industry opinion-forming and positioning is promoted via "compliance-neutral" standardization

    To which complex of core areas of future activity can the topic be assigned?

    As a cross-cutting task, standardization addresses all core areas of mobility and supports both electrification, digitization and sustainability.

    Legally binding nature of standards

    The application of standards is not mandatory, and standards are not legally binding on their own. They acquire binding status when they become part of contracts or laws refer to standards. In addition, standards are recognized by courts as an evaluation standard for assessing the current state of the art.

    The DIN Standards Committee Road Vehicle (NAAAutomobil) is the body responsible for standardization in the automotive industry. As an external DIN standards committee, the office is affiliated with the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) in Berlin. (VDA) in Berlin. It supports the automotive industry in the development of technical standards and represents standardization interests in the field of automotive technology, the associated mobility aspects of road-based mobility, and their linkage with other modes of transport.


    The annual report is published once a year by NAAutomotive. It contains an overview of the structure and ongoing projects as well as current topics of standardization in the automotive sector.

    Standardization and technical standards

    Egbert Fritzsche

    Head of Department

    Standardization and technical standards

    Katharina Wüst

    Team assistance

    Standardization, Standards and Regulations

    Stephan Krähnert

    National, European and International standardization for: Electric/ electronic components and systems, Securing of cargo on commercial vehicles, Freight containers and swap bodies, Accident avoidance and restraint systems

    Standardization and Technical Standards

    Daniel Pacner

    National, European and International standardization for: Electro mobility and alternative drive trains, General vehicle and engine technology,

    Standardization and Technical Standards

    Eric Wern

    National, European and International standardization for: Vehicle communication technologies, Intelligent transport systems, Vehicle control, ergonomics, Visibility

    Standardization and technical standards

    Olivier Horoszko

    Working Student