Vehicle Type Approval

VCA is the designated UK Type Approval Authority for automotive products and also a designated Technical Service for type approval testing in the United Nations (UN) scheme. VCA is also responsible for certification under UK type approval schemes.

Please click on the relevant link for more specific information by vehicle type approval and ways in which we can help you.

Or please download our Type Approval application form to apply.

Classification of power-driven vehicles and trailers

Learn more about the different category of power-driven vehicles and trailers.

European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA)

The European approval scheme is based on the concept of ‘type approval’ and put simply; this process provides a mechanism for ensuring that vehicles meet relevant environmental, safety and security standards.

Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM)

The Regulation requires that, in order to be first placed on the EU market, engines for use in non-road mobile machinery must be approved to demonstrate compliance with pollutant emission limits.

Designated Technical Services

In addition to the technical services provided by VCA at locations around the world, the following organisations have also been designated to carry out testing to the standards listed.

Designation of Technical Services for UNECE Type Approval Testing

We are authorised to designate laboratories to act as Technical Services for testing or supervising testing of vehicles, systems or components, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe 1958 Agreement.

GB Type Approval Scheme – Frequently Asked Questions

Summary This guidance is intended for manufacturers, importers and distributors of motor vehicles in Great Britain. One of the options for registering vehicles in Great Britain is now the Provisional GB Type Approval Scheme.  This has been in place since…


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Designation Fees payable

A list of the technical services that require a fee, which provides an overview of the costs involved for each service.

Type Approval and the Protocol on Northern Ireland

This guidance sets out how the UK’s type approval regime applies in Northern Ireland