The EU AI Act: Understanding and Preparing for Compliance

Exploring the EU AI Act, a pivotal regulation addressing AI's multifaceted nature, this blog outlines risk levels, high-risk system requirements, and preparation for compliance. Apheris's solution for various governance, privacy, and security obligations is highlighted, emphasizing a shared commitment to responsible AI.
Robin Röhm
CEO & Co-Founder
Published 4 August 2023

Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to shape industries, offering remarkable opportunities in sectors like healthcare, transportation, and finance. The unprecedented adoption of AI has generated tremendous benefits but also raised valid concerns about safety, ethics, and privacy. It is in this context that the European Union (EU) is set to introduce the AI Act.

The need for the EU AI Act

The EU AI Act recognizes the multifaceted nature of AI, acknowledging that different AI systems present varying degrees of risk and hence require different regulatory measures. The key areas the Act intends to address are:

  • Safety Concerns: Standards to prevent potential harm in critical areas like healthcare and transportation.

  • Ethical Considerations: Enforcing measures to prevent biases and promote fairness.

  • Privacy Protection: Regulations to handle personal data responsibly.

  • Accountability and Liability: Clarity on responsibility and redress avenues.

  • Global Alignment: Ensuring consistency and cooperation between countries.

  • Environmental Concerns: Addressing the environmental impact of AI models.

Risk-Based Approach

The EU AI Act categorizes applications into risk categories, from "unacceptable risk" which leads to a prohibition, to "high risk" and "limited risk" subject to varying degrees of regulation, down to "minimal risk" applications with very light obligations.

EU AI Act levels of risk

High-risk systems under the Act will be subject to strict requirements such as:

  • Adequate risk assessment and mitigation

  • High-quality datasets to minimize risks

  • Logging activity for traceability

  • Clear user information

  • Appropriate human oversight

  • Robustness, security, and accuracy

Preparing for Compliance: Act Now

The Act's impending implementation presents a complex and multifaceted challenge, with a strong emphasis on legal foresight and ethical considerations. Early preparation is pivotal in this rapidly evolving landscape.

If your organization operates across international borders, proactive adaptation ensures alignment with global standards, builds trust, and opens collaboration opportunities.

Apheris: Your Solution for EU AI Act Compliance

Navigating the intricate regulations of the EU AI Act is no small feat. Apheris provides a solution that enables safe computational access to data for ML and AI, ensuring compliance with various governance, privacy, and security obligations, beyond just the Act. The Apheris Compute Gateway allows only approved computations, empowering organizations to collaborate across boundaries without sharing data, and aligning with the broader regulatory landscape.

The Apheris product includes:

Apheris Trust Centre: Offers guidance on regulation, security, and privacy.

Apheris Governance Portal: Sets asset policies to control data access and ensure human oversight.

Model Registry: Lists and categorizes models based on privacy, safety, fairness, and transparency.


The EU AI Act is a seminal moment in global technology regulation, setting a precedent for responsible AI that aligns with human values and protects individual rights. Both a challenge and an opportunity, the Act calls for early readiness and active engagement.

Apheris stands to guide organizations through this complex transition, offering tools that not only help with compliance but embody the underlying principles of the Act.

The time to act is now. The future of AI is not just about innovation; it's about responsibility, inclusiveness, and a shared commitment to building a digital future where technology and society advance hand in hand.

Interested in diving deeper into the intricacies of the EU AI Act?

Learn how you can proactively align with the upcoming regulations. Read the full article and take the first step towards responsible and compliant AI.
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