Trailer Certification

Historically, some European Member States may have operated their own set of national requirements for trailers. However, Directive 2007/46/EC, as amended, introduced a European wide certification scheme for these vehicles, which is currently being phased in. Existing national arrangements will apply until the corresponding application dates.

Automotive EC Directives require third party approval – testing, certification and production conformity assessment by an independent body. Each Member State is required to appoint an Approval Authority to issue the approvals and a Technical Service to carry out the testing to the Directives and Regulations. An approval issued by one Authority will be accepted in all the Member States.

Routes to certification

Until the relevant application date for your particular vehicle category (outlined above), existing national arrangements will be in place. However, once the relevant application date applies, the following routes to certification will be available:

European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA)

EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) is based around EC Directives and provides for the approval of whole vehicles, in addition to vehicle systems and separate components. This certification is accepted throughout the EU without the need for further testing until a standard is updated or your design changes.

Low volume/Small Series Manufacturers and National Schemes

Full EC whole vehicle type approval (ECWVTA) won’t suit everyone, particularly those manufacturing vehicles in low numbers. In recognition of this fact in many Member States there are other National approval routes available which may be more suitable.

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