In the mechanical engineering industry, mass production is the exception rather than the rule. Many products are manufactured in small series or even custom-made. This has to be taken into account in the regulation of machinery products. Based on common standards and the system of CE marking, the EU has created a successful regulatory model. All European producers follow the same rules for placing their machinery on the internal market while also maintaining their entrepreneurial freedom. VDMA calls for maintaining and fine-tuning this model in the EU and promoting it at a global level, putting the emphasis on the potential of the international standardisation system.