Small Series Type Approval

This page was last updated on 1st January 2021

Small Series Type Approval is aimed at manufacturers building products in low volumes. This guidance provides more information if this applies to you.

UK National Small Series Type Approval

National Small Series Type Approval is offered in Great Britain and Northern Ireland for vehicles in categories M, N and O. If you only wish to sell products in these categories in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, you can find out more about the scheme here.

If you wish to sell products in certain categories in the EU (including Northern Ireland), the following guidance is aimed at you:

EC Small Series Type Approval

Regulations in the EU provide for Small Series Type Approval (SSTA) in EU-wide or National Small Series Type Approval (NSSTA) schemes.

The is outlined in Regulation EU 2018/858 – Categories M1 and N1

EC Small Series Type Approval has been created for categories M1 and N1 only, and like full EU Whole Vehicle Type Approval will allow sales across all of the EU (including Northern Ireland) but with technical and administrative requirements that take into account smaller production runs.

Only 1,500 units of each type of vehicle may be sold, registered or entered into service across all of the EU member States in one year.

National Small Series Type Approval Schemes in EU member States

Some EU member States may operate a national small series type approval regime for different categories of vehicle as provided for in different regulations and the details of these can be checked with the respective authorities in the EU member States. The framework regulations applying in each case are:

  • Regulation EU 167/2013 – Categories T & C
  • Regulation EU 168/2013 – Category L
  • Regulation EU 2018/858 – Categories M, N, & O

It should be noted that if you intend to sell products covered by SSTA provisions in the EU (including Northern Ireland) and Great Britain, you will need the appropriate approval for each market. You can find out more about the GB scheme here.