VdS guidelines are particularly practice-oriented and, as a rule, contain classified requirements so that for a very wide area of possible risks and potential damage, damage-prevention measures can be implemented. Objectivity is guaranteed through the participation of experts from insurance companies, the police, the fire brigades, associations of the manufacturers and installers and of VdS.
In contrast, the national, and to an even greater extent the international, standards are often guided by the specific interests of individual countries. In reality, this often means that a standard can always only represent the smallest common interest of the countries’ organizations involved. Furthermore, with these standards care is often not taken to ensure that with them a universal safety concept can be realized. As a rule, VdS guidelines are more demanding and can also be adapted more quickly to changing risks.