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Europrivacy™/® Certification

Demonstrate that your core activities comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and complementary regulations with Europrivacy certification from SGS.

Organizations in all industrial sectors use personal data to enhance communications and customer relationships.

Europrivacy provides a comprehensive set of online resources and services to help you effectively implement, enhance and demonstrate compliance with the GDPR and complementary data protection regulations. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) approved Europrivacy as the European Data Protection Seal.

Adopting a hybrid model, Europrivacy applies to almost all data processing activities, including emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT). 

The scheme can enable applicants to identify and reduce risks, demonstrate and value compliance, and enhance reputation and market access. It is the only GDPR certification to be officially recognized in all EU member states. 

We offer a Europrivacy certification service to ensure compliance with the GDPR, enhance trust and reputation, mitigate risks and promote continuous improvement in data protection practices.

Why Europrivacy certification?

Europrivacy enables you to:

  • Identify and reduce the legal and financial risks of noncompliance
  • Document, assess, certify, value, communicate, maintain and enhance compliance
  • Build trust and confidence among data subjects, B2B partners and stakeholders
  • Develop competitive advantages
  • Improve reputation and market access
  • Increase market valuation by reducing risks and uncertainty for investors
  • Save time and cost thanks to Europrivacy’s innovative methodology
  • Support cross-border and processor data transfers
  • Reduce risks and costs with data processors
  • Extend compliance assessment to non-EU jurisdictions
  • Join a business ecosystem committed to data protection

Why choose SGS for Europrivacy?

As the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, and a selected and qualified Europrivacy partner, we can support you in assessing and certifying* your GDPR and data protection compliance.

With decades of information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection experience, we can help you to:

  • Identify and reduce legal and financial risks through a Europrivacy audit and gap analysis
  • Improve your reputation and market access through Europrivacy GDPR certification
  • Build trust and confidence through continuous updates and monitoring

Our end-to-end service guides you through compliance and certification, enabling your business to embrace digital transformation while respecting personal data regulations.

Contact us for more information and to start or enhance your Europrivacy journey.

*SGS is a candidate for becoming an accredited Europrivacy certification body.


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to all businesses processing personal data linked to European citizens, regardless of where the business is based. It asserts the individual’s right to control their personal data through consent and requires businesses to comply with a range of obligations.

It sets out seven key principles:

  1. Lawfulness, fairness and transparency
  2. Purpose limitation
  3. Data minimization
  4. Accuracy
  5. Storage limitation
  6. Integrity and confidentiality
  7. Accountability

These principles should lie at the heart of your approach to processing personal data.

Noncompliance can result in fines of up to 4% of global annual turnover or EUR 20 million, whichever is greater.

Since the GDPR came into force in 2018, hundreds of millions of euros worth of fines have been handed out by information commissioners for offenses, including retailers misrepresenting the way they use CCTV cameras to monitor employees and noncompliance with the “right to be forgotten” law.

The Europrivacy certification scheme was researched and developed through Horizon 2020, a European research program, to assess, document, certify and value compliance with the GDPR and complementary data protection regulations.

It is managed by the European Centre for Certification and Privacy (ECCP) and maintained by the Europrivacy International Board of Experts in data protection, with the support of partners.

Europrivacy is based on ISO/IEC 17065 (requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services) and GDPR Article 42 – “for the purpose of demonstrating compliance with this regulation of processing operations by controllers and processors.”

Europrivacy is continuously updated by the ECCP and International Board of Experts. It is licensed to qualified certification bodies, such as SGS, and consulting firms committed to protecting personal data.

The initiative is for data controllers and processors, and can be used anywhere to assess a product, an online solution or internal process’s compliance with the GDPR. However, delivering certificates does not apply to jurisdictions that do not provide adequate guarantees for the rights and freedoms of data subjects.

Europrivacy is supported by a network of qualified partners, an online academy, a community website and web-based tools.

Europrivacy is an international trademark registered in several jurisdictions.

  • Recognized in all EU member states (Article 42 GDPR)
  • Hybrid – applies to almost all data processing activities, including emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Compatible with ISO/IEC 17065 (requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services)
  • Combines with ISO/IEC 27001 (information security management systems) and ISO/IEC 27701 (privacy information management systems, or PIMS)
  • Continuously updated to align with the latest regulations and jurisprudence
  • Step-by-step certification – compliance can be progressively certified
  • Extendable to complement national data protection regulations, including non-EU and domain- and technology-specific regulations
  • Independent and managed by experts
  • A global ecosystem comprising qualified partners and experts, including SGS
  • Reinforced by dedicated research and innovation to keep up to date

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