The EU Parliament has voted to approve the AI Act. The Act now moves to final discussions and is still expected to become law in late 2023/early 2024.

Organisations looking to develop, deploy, procure and sell AI systems need to consider now how to navigate the AI Act. That applies to organisations inside and outside the EU. Navigating the EU AI Act is not straightforward – there are many areas that are open to interpretation or require guidance.

We have published a one-page flowchart decision-tree to help navigate the AI Act as it currently stands, reflecting the amendments made by the EU Parliament.

It identifies the key decisions to be considered and references the relevant sections of the AI Act's latest draft. Of course, users should consult the latest version of the AI Act and seek legal advice on how the AI Act applies to their specific circumstances. But we hope the flowchart is a useful starting point for structuring how they approach the AI Act and identifying areas for further discussion.

Organisations may find that they have to navigate the EU AI Act as well as regulations in other jurisdictions. How they comply with those regulations (and other relevant laws) may look very different to their approach to complying with the EU AI Act. For example, you can see the different approaches being taken by looking at:

  • our one-page visual on anticipated AI regulations in the UK, EU and US, see our horizon scanning (click here); and
  • our glossary of existing and anticipated AI definitions in UK and EU regulation, legislation and policy click here.

Engaging with anticipated regulation early is therefore essential; organisations may have to change their business model, product offering, technical processes and, in any event, approach to governance and compliance. If you would like to discuss how current or future regulations impact what you do with AI, please contact Tom Whittaker,  Brian Wong, or any other member in our Technology team.