Single Market

The Single Market is an integral part of everyday life in Europe and its importance continues growing. Conformity with the requirements on products and services is the key for a smooth functioning of the Single Market as well as for the protection of the health and safety of European citizens.
EU-Binnenmarkt-Single Market
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Europe has become deeply integrated into global markets. Although Europe represents only seven percent of the world population, the EU's share in imports and exports of goods is 20 percent worldwide. The free exchange of goods and services within the European Economic Area (EEA) affects consumers and businesses equally. The objective of the European trade policy is to further reduce the barriers to trade and to services by harmonizing economic and legal conditions and to further strengthen the Single Market. Uniform requirements for products and services and their conformity is only one bullet point out of 12 VdTÜV key factors for a smooth functioning of the Single Market. The 'New Approach' should be designed and applied as a coherent and internationally competitive regulatory framework for the marketing of products and services.

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Market Surveillance

National market surveillance has to identify and withdraw defective goods from the market. In reality, this principle is hardly applied.


VdTÜV Position: Successfully shaping European trade policy

Why “legal harmonisation” and “mutual recognition” cannot be the best solutions for the removal of trade barriers between the EU and other states in the short or medium term. VdTÜV proposes a different, more pragmatic approach: Bilateral or Multilateral Conformity Assessments - they would ease trading significantly within the framework of trade agreements.

VdTÜV Position: Information security of smart products in Europe

Does the regulatory framework for product safety remain up to the task in regard to smart products or is there a need for legislative adjustments?

VdTÜV Position: Regulatory improvement for safe and secure IoT products in Europe required

The connecting of devices and machines on the internet to complex systems leads to extended functionalities which can no longer be solely located within the individual product itself, but are instead located within the back end system and/or product network.