EU legislation

The European Single Market increases prosperity and propels job growth throughout Europe. Its underlying framework are harmonised legislation and common standards, in particular for the placing on the market of products. The TÜV Association advocates strengthening this framework to make it future-proof, for instance through a free movement of data and a European path to digitalisation.

Establishing safety and trust to create a sustainable, digital and resilient European Single Market

The Commission Work Programme is focussing on Europe’s sustainable and digital transformation. The TÜV Association supports these objectives: the EU will only emerge from the current crisis stronger in the long term if it actively helps to shape the global transition to a sustainable economy based on smart digital technologies. Safety and trust are of central importance in this regard. The required actions are elaborated in an up-to-date position paper.

Key recommendations of the TÜV Association:

1. Help to make the European Green Deal a success through independent assessment

  • Establish sustainable products as a standard
  • Set assessable minimum requirements for sustainability labels
  • Reduce emissions from internal combustion engines and improve compliance monitoring

2. Anchor digital security in European product legislation

  • Expand the product safety definition to include digital security
  • Take a risk-based approach to assess the risk potential of smart products
  • Develop cybersecurity schemes within the framework of the Cybersecurity Act

3. Establish a European framework for Artificial Intelligence

  • Supplement horizontal legislation with product-specific legislation
  • Classify AI-based systems into risk categories according to clearly defined criteria
  • Build trust through independent assessment and certification

4. Introduce independent assessments of roadworthiness

  • Supplement periodical technical inspections with independent assessments of AI systems and software checks
  • Set up independent TrustCenters for mobility data

5. Develop a mandatory European framework for fair supply chains

  • Develop EU-wide mandatory requirements for supply chains
  • Introduce independent third-party assessments of due diligence obligations
  • Strengthen European market surveillance

6. After the coronavirus pandemic: strengthen safety, quality and trust as the cornerstones of the European Single Market

  • Strengthen safety as a key objective of European product legislation
  • Build trust through independent assessment and certification

In addition, the TÜV Association has compiled policy recommendations for the current EU legislative period 2019-2024 covering ten policy areas. They can be found below.

Policy recommendations by the TÜV Association for the current EU legislative period 2019-2024


Advanced vocational training requires funding and support


Position on European Trade Policy


Implement the Vision Zero strategy


AI-based systems and products


Product regulation in the EU Single Market


Connected Mobility


Implementation of the new Regulations on medical devices


Environmental and climate protection in mobility


Promote security in IoT


Automated driving


A stable legal framework for medical devices


Safety and environmental protection in road transport


Market success for innovative and sustainable products


Consistent implementation of the AI Act


Making Europe a leading market for green technologies


Building trust in battery-electric mobility


Making Europe’s energy supply secure and sustainable


Ensure high EU product standards in trade agreements


Safe AI for automated and autonomous driving


Further education and training


Driving forward the green and digital transition

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Daniel Pflumm

Head of Product Regulation and Digitalisation

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