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Automotive homologation is constantly evolving, staying informed is essential to maintaining global market access and remaining competitive.

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Many different processes and regulations around the world officially indicate that a vehicle meets necessary standards and specifications for a particular market. Typically, the selling market dictates whether vehicles must be self-certified by the manufacturer or type-approved by a government agency. These different certification processes and protocols potentially drive product changes or other implications, making it essential for manufacturers and suppliers to remain in-step with all requirements. 



Vehicle homologation on a global level 

Automotive regulations apply to vehicles and individual components. In the United States alone, multiple governmental and non-governmental bodies help shape the market, including: 

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
  • California Air Resource Board (CARB) ----U.S. tailpipe and evaporative emissions certifications require government approval.  
  • New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) 
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 
  • CA Prop 65, TSCA 

From emissions to automobile safety, these organizations establish regulations and perform evaluations to help ensure safety and performance. Additionally, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) are legal requirements mandated by the U.S. government that impose performance and design criteria on vehicles to enhance safety protection.

The emergence of new technologies such as advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving systems (ADS) is necessitating new and updated regulations, such as SAE J3016. Keeping pace with these changes across multiple countries is critically important to remaining compliant and competitive in the global market. However, this effort requires an investment of time and both human and financial resources.


Homologation support backed by global expertise 

UL Solutions continuously monitors regulations across key countries and can identify gaps between a specific design and those requirements. Our homologation services help you understand regulations in different countries and regions, including US and Canada self-certification, the European Union, EU, and China, helping you gain and maintain access to your intended markets. We can help you identify the standards that apply to your products in the global market and keep you aware as these regulations evolve.



Contact us today to learn more and discuss your needs. 



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