Vehicle Type Approval

VCA is the designated UK Approval Authority and Technical Service for type approval to all automotive European Union (EU) instruments and the equivalent United Nations Economic Community for Europe (ECE) Regulations.

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

Type Approval for Trailers O1 to O4

EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) is based around a Whole Vehicle approval framework directive - 2007/46/EC - and provides for the approval of whole vehicles

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.

Motor Caravan Certification

There is now an European-wide certification scheme for this kind of vehicle.

National Small Series Type Approval (NSSTA)

UK National Small Series Type Approval (NSSTA).

Type Approval of Systems, Components and Separate Technical Units

Whole Vehicle Type Approval is dependent on each of the various systems and individual components specified within the appropriate Type Approval Framework meeting the requirements of the appropriate EC instrument or UN Regulation.

Type Approval for Agricultural and Forestry Vehicles T1 to T4, R and S; and OECD

A system of mandatory European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) has been in place for agricultural and forestry tractors, their trailers and interchangeable towed equipment for a number of years

Designation of Technical Services for EU and 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.

Classification of power-driven vehicles and trailers

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

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.


VCA became involved in the certification scheme after being appointed as the UK notified body for the dynamic testing requirements for the security of equipmen

Designation Fees payable

Fees payable table Service Fee Review of application documents £356 Initial technical audit £712 per application plus £712 per site plus £356 for 1 to 5 subjects or £712 for 6-10 subjects or £1068 for 11+ subjects plus expenses outside…

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.