Vehicle type approval for global market access

Streamline the homologation process for vehicles, systems and components

Streamline the homologation process for vehicles, systems and components

About vehicle homologation

Homologation is the term for the whole vehicle approval process. An approval is a government-issued certificate that allows a product to enter a market. It starts with initial assessments followed by tests according to standards and directives, up to the preparation of substantiated technical reports to forward to the authorities in order to obtain the final approval.

The video show how automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers can export their vehicles and components to new markets, and gives an overview about the needed compliance with various legal and technical requirements of the specific country you would like to enter.

vehicle type approval certificates

Homologation allows vehicle and component manufacturers to:

  • Gain legal access to target markets, allowing them to generate higher revenues
  • Ensure rapid delivery of products to consumers
  • Avoid costly penalties and fines for non-compliance
  • Avoid expensive recalls
  • Boost brand reputation among consumers and regulators by ensuring vehicle safety

Your trusted vehicle homologation service provider

TÜV SÜD is a trusted provider of type approval certificates to many of the world’s leading car brands and OEMs. We offer a comprehensive range of automotive homologation services that help you to obtain approval for vehicles, systems and components in an efficient manner. As an expert homologation partner of the automotive industry and a technical service provider of the categories A, B, C and D according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, we are accredited for over 400 national and international testing procedures and have access to test laboratories all over the world.

Our services include various knowledge, documentation and testing services including Conformity of Production (CoP) testing, technical support, homologation services for compliance to European and non-European type approvals. With our technical advice for the entire vehicle life cycle we can support you in various global approval processes, providing Multi regulation management and can interpret local standards for which we are not accredited by performing a gap analysis to identify potential nonconformities.

We stay abreast of all the latest automotive regulation changes worldwide and can advise you on best practices. This gives you a truly one-stop solution for vehicle type approval. And because we are international, we can work with you wherever you are based.

our vehicle homologation Services

We assist you in the handling of complete homologation projects. Learn about our specific services and market regulation expertise below:

  • Technical advice

    Our local experts are well versed in the EU/ECE regulations and speak the local language of the market you would like to enter. In markets where TÜV SÜD is not accredited, we can interpret the local standards and perform a gap analysis to identify potential non-conformities of your product. We facilitate the closing of gaps, the type approval process and all communication between your business and the local authority.

  • Check of documentation

    We perform an overall check of the complete documentation provided by the manufacturer.

  • Preparation of substantiated technical reports

    We prepare substantiated technical reports to provide to European and non-European approval authorities.

  • Homologation services

    We assist in the handling of complete homologation projects or support you during capacity bottlenecks.

  • European approvals according to the following framework regulations:       

  • Non-European approvals according but not limited to the following standards:

  • National approvals according to local road traffic licensing regulations:

    • Germany
    • Czech Republic
  • Conformity of Production (COP) tests

    We assist in performing COP tests after you have obtained approval from the authorities.


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