Standards make a difference – and the rail sector is no exception

Unified standards are incredibly important in a business that relies as heavily on interoperability as railway traffic.

VPI and its member companies are active in many ways within European and international standardisation bodies, engaging with the technical work of the relevant committees, working groups and associations as well as in their management. We lend our technical expertise and experience when it comes to shaping the technical contents of standards at the national, European and international levels.

The industry needs sound standards for the construction, maintenance and operation of railway systems. Standards make a significant contribution to ensuring the market viability of innovative solutions. Not by chance was the first standard locomotive (produced in 1925) one of the milestones in the history of DIN, the standardisation institute for German industry.

Who’s who in standardisation work?

The work of the DIN Standards Committee Railway (FSF) is pivotal for standardisation in the construction, maintenance and operation of railway systems in Germany. The main mission of DIN Railway is consensus-based standardisation work along with coordination of the extensive range of disciplines involved. This committee represents the interests of the sector with respect to the Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V. (DIN), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The “Verein für Normung und Weiterentwicklung des Bahnwesens – NWB e. V.” [Association for Standardisation and Development of the Railway Industry] serves as the sponsoring organisation of DIN Railway, and VPI is a founding member of this association.

Engagement is critical

Voluntary engagement forms the foundation for standardisation work in the railway sector. The member companies of VPI have traditionally been heavily involved in the pertinent DIN committees, thereby exerting a strong influence on European standardisation. Even if the development and establishment of norms and standards increasingly takes place at the European and international level, the work of the German DIN committees lays the basis for strong representation of national interests.


Armin Perrey

VPI technical coordinator

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