Putting into operation and operating machines and plants in the industrial or manufacturing area may entail major risks. Regular inspection by neutral, independent experts from TÜV organisations as members of European Notified Bodies (NB) or Authorised Inspection Bodies (ZÜS) is essential for preventing incidents or accidents and for operating safely. The independent experts regularly issue status reports within first or recurring tests on systems or other technical facilities requiring supervision. They assess the risks for the plant compiled by the operator. Any defect found, which could entail risks for personnel, is recorded in a so-called test report. Conspicuous technical developments are discussed within Experience Exchange Groups. Within these groups, necessary measures for preventing any danger are determined.

Lifts and Conveyor Technology

Lifts, escalators, cranes or other lifting devices and amusement rides have to meet specific requirements relating to their construction as well as to safety and operability and are subject to statutory tests and inspections.

Fire and Explosion Protection

By reacting with the oxygen in the air, flammable gases or vapours can cause an explosion that can result in serious injury or material damage.

Principles for the evaluation of assemblies

The European experience exchange forum of notified bodies CABF has developed these principles for the evaluation of assemblies.


New Pressure Equipment Directive transposes into national law in the EU

The Directive 2014/68/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of pressure equipment (PED) shall be fully adopted by the Member States until 19 July 2016. The PED applies to the design, manufacture and conformity assessment of pressure equipment and assemblies.

VdTÜV Position: Benefits for the State, Economic Operators and Consumers

Confidence in safety is a prerequisite for the acceptance of technological progress