The Deutsche Institut für Normung (German Institute for Standardization, DIN) has appointed Dr.-Ing. Werner Daum, Head of BAM’s Non-Destructive Testing Department, to the DIN Consumer Council. The appointment applies for 3 years.
The Consumer Council is a consumer interest group for national, European and international standardisation issues. It identifies consumer-relevant work areas, analyses specific problems and monitors standardisation processes. The Council also expounds on issues in terms of consumer interests, integrates them in the DIN standardisation work and communicates the relevant results to the outside.
This applies to a broad range of topics. In addition to basic consumer protection problems, the focus is also on the quality and safety of commodities and consumer goods – for example children's toys. Furthermore, the Consumer Council is concerned with accessibility, i.e. the needs of the elderly and the disabled, for example in the design of packaging. Issues such as environmental and data protection are also on the agenda.
The standardisation of production processes ensures that the quality of products, processes and services can be better checked. In addition to quality assurance, standards also create transparency for consumers as properties and characteristics are clearly defined enabling better comparability.
With its over 32,000 experts from science and industry DIN is Germany's largest service provider in the field of standardisation.
The Consumer Council was founded as a DIN presidential committee in December 1974. It consists of five honorary members who are appointed for three years by the DIN President in consultation with the Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (Federation of German Consumer Organisations, vzbv) and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV). Currently, representatives of Stiftung Warentest (Commodity Testing Foundation), BAM, Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (vzbv), DHB – Netzwerk Haushalt (DHB – Network Households) and the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences are members of the Council.
BMJV supports the DIN Consumer Council due to a German Bundestag (Parliament) decision.