Helpful Institutions

Helpful Institutions

Besides the Points of Single Contact, there is a broad variety of institutions and websites offering support and useful information on the provision of services in Germany. You may browse through the following entities to find further assistance.

Professional Organizations

The professional organizations are public corporations that implement the occupational self-government and supervision and represent their members' interests in public. Therefore they are source of a variety of branch related information and support.

Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK)
The DIHK is the central organization for 80 Chambers of Industry and Commerce in Germany. All German companies registered in Germany, with the exception of handicraft businesses, the liberal professions and farms, are required by law to join a chamber.
http://www.dihk.de

German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH)
The German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks - ZDH) represents the interests of all occupations of the skilled crafts sector.
http://www.zdh.de

handwerkskammer.de (German only)
On this website 50 local Chambers of Skilled Trades and Crafts provide a map of all chamber districts in Germany.
http://www.handwerkskammer.de/

Federal Chamber of Engineers of Germany
The Federal Chamber of Engineers of Germany (Bundesingenieurkammer) represents the interests of its 16 member organizations on the federal and European level as an overall representative of all engineers.
http://www.bundesingenieurkammer.de

Federal Chamber of German Civil Law Notaries (BNotK)
The Federal Chamber of German Civil Law Notaries (Bundesnotarkammer - BNotK) is a body established and governed by federal law representing the German civil law notaries as a whole in the process of political decision-making at the national level.
http://www.bnotk.de

The German Federal Bar Council (German only)
The German Federal Bar Council (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer) is the national umbrella organization of the 27 regional bar councils, that represent the occupational interests of lawyers and implements their professional self-government.
http://www.brak.de 

Bundessteuerberaterkammer (German only)
The Bundessteuerberaterkammer embodies the professional self-government of the German tax consultants and their 21 local chambers.
http://www.bstbk.de 

Federal Chamber of German Architects (BAK)
The Federal Chamber of German Architects (Bundesarchitektenkammer - BAK) in Berlin is the umbrella organisation of the Architects Chambers of the 16 German Länder. It represents nationally and internationally the interests of more than 121,000 working architects (as of January 1st 2006).
http://www.bak.de

Wirtschaftsprüferkammer
The Wirtschaftsprüferkammer (WPK) is the state supervised organization of all Public Accountants and firms of Public Accountants in Germany.
http://www.wpk.de

German Patent Attorney Bar Association (German Only)
The German Patent Attorney Bar Association (Patentanwaltskammer) is the professional chamber of patent attorneys in Germany.
http://www.patentanwalt.de

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