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Type approval of vehicles

The European and regional regulations impose strict criteria on manufacturers in the automotive industry. Due to safety, environmental and trade reasons the European Union set out a whole series of requirements for the production of both motor vehicles, and their parts, systems and technical units.

As a manufacturer you do not only have to meet these requirements, you also have to make sure your production is in accordance with the approved types (see Audit & Certification). Once a vehicle meets these requirements, it can be registered and used in every EU member state. The measure is known as the EC whole vehicle type approval scheme (ECWVTA), whereby approval means that one EU member state confirms that a vehicle type, system, component or technical unit meets all relevant administrative provisions and technical requirements.


The ECWVTA consists of a number of tests, performed at the manufacturer’s plant or at a third party. These evaluate both a prototype of a vehicle and the production process. If both succeed for the strict safety and environmental tests, the vehicle is granted the EC type approval for whole vehicles. All vehicles manufactured in the same way will automatically be granted the EC certificate of conformity (EC CoC). This certificate makes it possible to register and use the vehicle in any EU member state.

What Vinçotte does for you

Vinçotte’s ‘Vehicle type approval’ offers you a total service package, including worst-case meetings, surveillance tests, drawing up official test reports, as well as assistance in the certification process. Our File Management System also makes sure that confidential information and certificates are securely shared between the three parties: the manufacturer, the technical department and the authorities.

As an accredited technical service Vinçotte maintains good relations with the Belgian authorities. These close ties, combined with solid experience, guarantee a smooth handling of your approval project. After the successful completion of the approval process you receive all documents you need for the production start, sale and registration of your vehicles, components and technical units.

We also have useful international contacts which may be very helpful in obtaining approval information and assistance on foreign markets.

Who we do it for

This total solution is intended for all manufacturers (Belgian or international) of vehicles, including passenger cars, trailers, vans, coaches and buses, trucks etcetera, both for ECWVTA and for type approval of national small series (NSSTA). Producers of vehicle components and technical units which are governed by the same legislation also benefit from this service, e.g. manufacturers of rear underrun protection of vehicles, devices for indirect vision, electronic/electrical sub-assemblies (ESA), immobiliser and alarm systems, lamps, safety glass, tires, couplings, safety belts, etc.

Relevant legislation and standards

  • Framework directive 2007/46/EC for the approval of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles;
  • 1958 Agreement of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) – motor vehicles, equipment and components that can be used and added to motor vehicles.

About Vinçotte

Vinçotte is an ISO/IEC 17020 inspection body accredited by Belac, the Belgian Accreditation institution. We are notified by the Belgian authorities (e6/E6) to the European Commission and the European Economic Commission of the United Nations (UNECE) as a Technical Service in category B. This notification allows Vinçotte to conduct international inspections on all tests specified in the European framework directive 2007/46/EC and the related regulations set out in Annex IV.

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