The European Commission has set itself the ambitious target of cutting the figure of killed road users by half until the year 2010. In order to reach this goal it is absolutely necessary to check all possibilities and bring to bear measures with beneficial potential. Pedestrian protection is one such key point. With a voluntary agreement the European auto makers intend to comply with component safety tests similar to an EEVC proposal for the year 2005 and on. Beginning in 2010 the entire EEVC test procedure, or similar, will become obligatory. This paper lays down the requirements now arising for pedestrian protection and spells out the consequences for headlamp design.