According to DIN EN 10027-2, the European Steel Registration Office is responsible for the allocation and administration of material numbers for steels. This means that it assigns material numbers for steel grades with commercial significance,
- which are listed in European standards or
- which are not (yet) standardised and have been notified by European manufacturers
and publishes all registered steels on the Internet at appropriate intervals.
In addition to the actual registration tasks, the European Steel Registration Officeis the point of contact for enquiries about past and present steel grades, works brands and non-European steel grades, and provides information about suppliers, their steel grades, their available products and other steel-related information.
The Steel Institute VDEh has the mandate to maintain the European Steel Registration Office, i.e. to ensure that the steel grades registered in Europe are implemented in accordance with the standards and to publish the contents of the STahl-Eisen-Liste on a regular basis.
Since 1949, the Materials Committee of the Steel Institute VDEh has been running the secretariat for the allocation of material numbers and short names for steels; initially on behalf of DIN and since 1992 with the adoption of the German system into the European standardisation system on behalf of the European standardisation CEN/ECISS as European Steel Registration Office. The assumption of the task for Europe was the logical consequence that finally the German material number and short name system was transferred into a European one.