Towards a more integrated transatlantic marketplace
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The European Commission and US government started negotiating on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in July 2012. Since then, the public interest and media response has increased noticeably. In Germany, industry and NGOs debate over 'major economic opportunities' versus 'serious risks for the consumers' daily. ‘Legal harmonisation’ or ‘mutual recognition’ do not seem to be the appropriate approach.

Comparing both markets and legal framework, one accreditation body for both markets (‘one-stop-shopping’) is more likely to be the feasible strategy. On both sides of the Atlantic, independent assessment bodies should be authorised to test products in accordance with the legal and technical (standard-based) requirements that apply in the respective economic area. Only then, market access is more likely and TTIP will be a success.

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VdTÜV Position: Limits and opportunities in TTIP with respect to medical devices

Recognise European CE marking for medical devices on the US market