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Special group on the EU Code of conduct on age-appropriate design

As a key action under the BIK+ strategy, the Commission will facilitate a comprehensive EU Code of conduct on age-appropriate design (‘BIK+ Code’).

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As a key action under the BIK+ strategy, the Commission will facilitate a comprehensive EU Code of conduct on age-appropriate design (BIK Code). 

The Code will build on the regulatory framework provided in the Digital Services Act (DSA) and assist with its implementation and will be in line with the EU's Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In particular, the group will assist DG Connect in: 

  • collecting relevant resources (reports, opinions, analysis and other documents and material) regarding existing codes, guidelines, recommendations and policies on age-appropriate design;
  • drafting the Code;
  • establishing a monitoring system for the Code, including KPIs and baseline.

The Code aims to reinforce the involvement of industry in protecting children when using digital products, with the ultimate goal of ensuring their privacy, safety and security online. 

Industry, civil society, and academia are invited to take part in the process through an ad hoc special group. The group is expected to operate until the Code is adopted by relevant signatories. 

International organisations and Member State entities may be granted an observer status, by direct invitation. In addition, in line with the BIK+ aim to encourage youth participation, children and young people may take part in meetings of the group by direct invitation. 

The Commission has informed the applicants to the call for expression of interest about the results of the selection process.

The list of appointed members has been made public.    

The first meeting of the group took place on 13 July 2023. You can find the agenda, the presentations and the minutes on this page


Last update: 20/9/2023

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