Type approval of vehicles and components
When a vehicle is first registered in an EU Member State (also in the Netherlands, therefore), that vehicle must have a European type-approval. The RDW issues these type-approvals.
If you have a vehicle without a type-approval or with just a partial type-approval, you can have it tested and type-approved by the RDW so that it can be licensed for use on the roads. You can also ask the RDW to issue a type-approval for vehicle parts (components or technical units) so that you can then supply/sell them to the motor industry.
First type-approval, then sale
The type-approval for a vehicle is the binding element between the certification, registration and sale of products. A vehicle or vehicle part that is presented for type-approval must have been produced by a certified manufacturer whose production process has been approved by the RDW. The RDW issues certificates for this purpose to the manufacturers of vehicles or components.
If you would like to place an order by the RDW, you can request the orderform here.
Legislation is the starting pointEuropean guidelines (EC guidelines and ECE regulations) and national guidelines have been drawn up for the issue of certificates and type-approvals. When you want to bring a vehicle or component onto the market, these guidelines stipulate the conditions that must be satisfied by your production process, by your product and by you as a manufacturer. You can read more about this in Legislation.
If you are a manufacturer of vehicles or components for the motor industry, you must have been issued EC, ECE or national type-approvals to register and sell products in the EU and/or in countries that have signed an ECE agreement. The RDW also issues these type-approvals on the basis of the appropriate test results. The RDW also performs checks in order to assess whether the manufacturers of vehicles or vehicle components continue to comply with the approval requirements after certification. We have instated a contribution (pdf, 9kb) fee for type approvals.
The RDW’s role
Based on your need for a type-approval for components and technical units or for systems and vehicles, we guide you through the entire type-approval process. Tests can be performed in our Test Centre Lelystad, under the supervision of our Testing department or can be conducted by technical departments accredited by us. We work closely together with a wide range of technical departments all over the world.
Because the RDW also takes part in the development of national and international legislation under the auspices of the Dutch government, we keep close track of technical developments. We can also exercise an influence on legislation and regulations and their interpretation. View this video for more information about the RDW, and this video for more information about the type approval process.