The non-profit VDE Testing and Certification Institute is particularly committed to the protection of consumers. Each year, the independent test engineers of the VDE Institute undergo more than 100,000 devices per year to a hardness test before they receive the VDE mark. 67 percent of Germans know the VDE mark, which is synonymous with the highest safety standards. Around the globe monitor the VDE-experts more than 7,000 factories. Cooperation agreements with more than 50 countries ensure that the activities carried out by the VDE Institute are internationally recognized. Worldwide carrying 200,000 product types with a million model variants the VDE mark.