Whole Vehicle Type Approval
The European Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) is mandatory for passenger cars (category M1) from January 1, 1998 and for motocycles from June 17, 1999. The system of European homologation divides the vehicles into several categories.
The WVTA consists of several steps. At first, component approvals for lamps, mirrors, tires, and others have to be obtained. Also electric/electronic sub-assemblies (ESAs, e.g. car audio systems) need their own e-mark certificates if not tested and approved in combination with the complete vehicle EMC approvals.
The next step is the testing of those components when fitted to the vehicle: field of vision of rear view mirrors, lamp installation, tire fitting etc. Parallel to those installation tests all other applicable safety- and environmental-related tests are conducted.
For each item a system approval according to each applicable directive will be issued by the European authority chosen by the manufacturer. Those approvals are based on test reports prepared by accredited test institutes. If all necessary approvals are collected, the test institute issues the report for the Whole Vehicle Type Approval as a basis for the WVTA certificate. This certificate is recognized by all EU member states.
In addition, for practically any other kind of vehicle (including tractors, non-road mobile machinery and trailers) homologation standards especially in the fields of environment and safety are applicable.
International certificates simplify the homologation process and will become more important for exporting manufacturers located in Asia. TÜV Rheinland Group Asia helps you to acquire international certificates for components or for whole motor vehicles issued from your choice of several European authorities. Naturally, we assist you regarding the German national type approval according to StVZO, too.
TÜV Rheinland Group Asia is part of the global network of TÜV Rheinland. We are in touch with the offices in Europe, America and Africa; just as our customers globalize their network, we can provide our service wherever your may need us. Technical meetings and testing can be arranged and performed at short notice; the location for either of those activities is your choice. If suitable tests facilities are not available at the manufacturer's site, the tests can be conducted at one of our associated laboratories in Asia or at our fully equipped test laboratory in Cologne/Germany.
An increasing number of countries outside Europe require third party test reports by accredited test institutes for their national homologation. With our Asian-wide network we can easily provide quick service all over Asia, also in your native language. Our test reports are recognized in many countries of South-East Asia and Latin-America.
Our services are not limited to the standard homologation services. The evaluation of your products already during the R&D phase will become easy and efficient through linked three-dimensional CAD systems. This design support is provided by our specially-trained experts and will help you to save a great deal of time and money.
For pre-inspection, approval activities and preparation of technical documents our motor vehicle experts with long experience in Asia are ready to serve you on short notice. These services are available in your own language, too.