EN 82079

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Logo of the German Institute for Standardization DIN EN 82079-1
Area documentation
title Preparation of instructions for use - structure, content and presentation - Part 1: General principles and detailed requirements Structure , content and presentation
Latest edition 2013-06
ISO IEC 82079: 2012

The European standard EN 82079-1 of September 2012 regulates the drafting and creation of instructions - structure , content and presentation and includes small as well as large and complex products without restriction. The standard replaced EN 62079 from April 2001.

The national German edition as DIN standard DIN EN 82079-1 for this is VDE 0039-1 and was published in June 2013. The national editions in Austria and Switzerland also represent the latest version of EN 82079-1, namely: ÖVE / ÖNORM EN 82079-1 from July 2013 and SN EN 82079-1 from 2012.

It describes the basics for creating, structuring and displaying, as well as self-assessment notes for instructions - but not the scope. The standard is based on IEC SC 3B "Documentation" and ISO TC 10 "Technical drawings, product definitions and related documentation".

In Germany, the national working committee K 113 “Generation, representation and exchange of product data and documentation” of the DKE is responsible.


Instructions for use are intended to provide information to reduce the risk from using the product, from application errors or inefficient operation, and thus to promulgate risks and dangers.

"You have to help directly to prevent foreseeable misuse that can lead to hazards [...]"


It is used by technical writers and illustrators , software developers and translators for technical documentation . It defines normative minimum requirements as the state of the art in plant and mechanical engineering, but also for all products and services for

  • Comprehensibility
  • Content and structure
  • Appearance and design
  • language

Test procedure

Appendix A deals with test procedures, instructions, expert reports and usability as well as the evaluation of these tests using checklists in Appendix B and C.

These checklists define:

  • Minimum requirements
  • free availability
  • Availabilities