Individual approval or type-approval

You can apply for an individual approval for one specimen of a component − for example a bumper. This one specimen must then comply with the specified requirements. The approval therefore applies just to this one specimen. For a series of the same product, you must apply for a type-approval. To do this, not just the component but also the production process must comply with the guidelines – that is, you must be able to guarantee that every specimen in the series meets the same requirements.

Requirements for components

To obtain a (type-)approval, your component must comply with the deze link opent in een nieuw vensterEC guidelines and ECE regulations.

For systems, individual technical units or components, EC approvals are mandatory in all Member States of the European Union. These approvals are indicated with a small ‘e’. The approvals are issued on the basis of EC guidelines. ECE approvals are issued for systems, individual technical units or components (for this no WVTA is possible). You must have obtained this approval for all countries that have (voluntarily) signed every agreement. In the legislation, this is indicated with a large ‘E’. This is based on the globally accepted ECE regulations.

If you would like to place an order by the RDW, you can request the order form here.

Product assessment

If you are a manufacturer of vehicles or vehicle components and you would like to apply for a type approval, RDW can guide you through the process of testing and certifying the vehicles or vehicle components. On this page  you can submit your application for a type approval and the corresponding tests, apply vehicles for an End of Series statement or make a request for a consultation

Requirements for manufacturers

Before you can apply for a type-approval for your component, you must demonstrate that your production process is in good working order. You can also commission an RDW-approved technical department to conduct tests.

To receive a type-approval, you must have a valid Compliance Statement. To request a Compliance Statement or to submit a change, you can sent an email to deze link opent in een nieuw venster[email protected]  

Withdrawn type-approvals

In the Documentlist of withdrawn type-approvals (pdf, 56mb) you can see whether a type-approval has been withdrawn by searching the specific type-approval number.



The price of a test is made up by the following components:

  • The execution of the test and making up the test report is based on the technical hourly rate.
  • Administrative costs based on the administrative rate.
  • A surcharge for use of the facilities, if applicable based on the hourly rate.
  • DocumentAdmission costs and Contribution fee (pdf, 9kb).

The rates are published in the DocumentPrice list of VRT 2019 of RDW (pdf, 90kb). During your conversation you can ask for an indication of the costs.

General terms and provisions of tests and approvals