Fabian Demicoli

Consultation: EC Small Series Type approval of vehicles

This Directive ensures that the EU market functions properly, whilst enabling manufacturers to benefit from the advantages of the internal market by means of the Community EC type approval.

The EC Small series type approval requirements are covered by Article 22 of the Framework Directive.

In order to prevent abuse, any simplified procedure for small series vehicles is restricted to cases of very limited production (see Annex XII; EC small series limits).

The current List of regulatory acts setting the requirements for the purpose of EC type approval pursuant to Article 22 can be found in Appendix of Annex IV. For ease of reference, please find the Link to Commission website: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/automotive/documents/directives/directive-2007-46-ec_en.htm

It is the Commission's intention to draft new a Regulation to define more precisely the technical and safety requirements applicable for EC small series type approval, thus avoid disputes between type approval authorities on interpretation of what are essential requirements.

Interested parties are encouraged to send their comments/suggestions by 13th September 2011.

Should more information be required kindly contact the Technical Regulations Division, Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority by e-mail: , or

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