The name TÜV was originally an abbreviation for “Technischer Überwachungsverein” (Technical Inspection Association). It is an organisation which checks, labels and certifies companies and products, mostly according to laws and provisions.
TÜV was founded as an independent inspection organisation by boiler owners in 1966 and bore the name “Dampfkessel-Revisions-Verein” (Boiler Inspection Association). The success in terms of accident prevention was so great that TÜV members were exempted from state inspections which were usual at that time. Today, TÜV has established itself on the market as a neutral testing authority and is now subdivided into many different associations and companies which operate worldwide.