United in Quality and Safety


The publication "United in Quality and Safety - An introduction to quality infrastructure in Germany and the European Union for policymakers and trade partners" illustrates how QI institutions in Germany and the EU work together. It provides an overview of the various components of QI: standardisation, conformity assessment and accreditation, metrology and market surveillance. In addition, the system of product legislation in Germany and the EU is explained. Using concrete products as examples, the publication helps to understand how the different elements of QI contribute to high-quality, compliant products and services.


The publication is the result of a collaboration between the key quality infrastructure institutions in Germany:

  • Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung - BAM)
  • Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur - BNetzA)
  • National accreditation body for the Federal Republic of Germany (Deutschen Akkreditierungsstelle - DAkkS)
  • German Institute for Standardization (Deutsches Institut für Normung - DIN), the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE (DKE), the National Metrology Institute of Germany (Nationale Metrologische Anstalt Deutschlands - PTB)
  • German Central Authority of the Federal States for Safety Engineering (Zentralstelle der Länder für Sicherheitstechnik - ZLS).


The publication is available for download on the BMWi website.