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Welcome to the VCA website

VCA is the designated UK Vehicle Type Approval authority and with more than 30 years experience supports industry by providing internationally recognised testing and certification for vehicles, their systems and components. A leading Management Systems Certification body, VCA also provides certification to ISO 9001, ISO TS 16949, ISO 14001,OHSAS 18001, Acorn (a phased approach to environmental certification)and EMAS.

Value of Certification

Vehicle Type Approval - Most countries mandate a set of environmental and safety standards, often referred to as type approval. No matter how good your product is, without the proper certification, access to potentially lucrative markets is impossible.

Management Systems Certification - The concept of quality is nothing new but the truly successful companies have a concept of continuous improvement at the heart of their business. Effective management systems can reduce costs, improve operational efficiency, and customer retention and also provides a visible sign of your commitment to quality.

What makes VCA different?

  • VCA is a combined approval authority and technical service, which means your products get to market more quickly. Our professional staff have real world experience, which means that they understand the issues that are important to you.
  • Having a global network gives us the ability to respond quickly to your needs.
  • Finding your way around legislation can be a daunting prospect. VCA provide solutions to help you through the process.


Vehicle Type Approval

Car Type Approval

Type Approval for all vehicle types and their individual systems & components. More...


Management Systems Certification

Management Systems Certification

Value added Management Systems Certification from the automotive specialists More...




All legislative information services including More...




Information on New Car Fuel Consumption and CO2, and VCA's Point Of Sale (POS) software. More...


Enforcement & Research

Enforcement & Research

Includes Environmental Noise,Non-Road Mobile Machinery and WEEE Enforcement activities More...


Other Certification Activities

Other Certification Activities

Importing a vehicle under the Mutual Recognition scheme and Recreational Craft More...



Current vacancies in VCA

Current vacancies, guidance and details of the graduate engineering scheme More...


Dangerous Goods

Packaging of Dangerous Goods

Packaging of Dangerous Goods More...



MSC - Core Tools Training

Link to all training areas within VCA More...