A designated technical service may perform testing on vehicles and components in accordance with directives, regulations and/or ECE regulations and the monitoring of production conformity.
As a type-approval authority, Traficom designates and notifies the technical services performing testing in accordance with regulations and directives to the EU Commission and the services performing testing in accordance with ECE regulations to the UN.
Assessments, testing and inspections performed by technical services are needed during the type-approval process of vehicles or components. The test report drafted by the technical service may be used to demonstrate conformity in connection with individual vehicle approval.
The technical services are divided into various categories based on the operations they perform in accordance with EU regulations 2018/858, 168/2013 and 167/2013 as well as UN document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1059:
- category A = tests carried out in their own, the manufacturer’s or a third party’s facilities
- category B = supervision of tests carried out in the manufacturer’s or a third party’s facilities
- category C = inspections concerning conformity and the monitoring of the manufacturer’s quality control system (CoP)
- category D = production sample inspection or testing or monitoring thereof