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Vehicle type approval and vehicle parts

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you mass produce vehicles, vehicle systems or vehicle parts or you are an authorised importer who intends to sell these products in the Netherlands, you need to obtain a type approvalExternal link (typegoedkeuring, TGK) from the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW). Type approval confirms that an initial production model of a type of vehicle or vehicle part meets the set requirements. Without it, a vehicle will not be given a registration and may not be driven on public roads.

European type approval (ETG)

A European type approval (ETG) is valid in all EU Member States. A vehicle registration certificate can be requested for vehicles with an ETG in every EU Member State.

Please note: Vehicles or vehicle parts that have not been produced in series must also be inspected before they are admitted to the Dutch roads. This individual inspection is carried out by the RDW as well.

Brexit

If you manufacture vehicles, their systems or parts, e11 type approvalsExternal link will no longer be valid in the EU once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Likewise EU type approvals will not be automatically recognised in the UK. If you use e11 type approvals you will need to switch to another Type Approval Authority to trade in the EU. This also applies to e11 type approvals within a non-e11 Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA). UNECE type approvals are not affected. You can transfer your type approvals to the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW). To do so or to obtain a provisional UK type approval to trade in the UK, email the Vehicle Certification AgencyExternal link or visit its websiteExternal link.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO