How can someone who places a product on the market prove that it is compliant with the relevant regulations?

Have you ever wondered why you need a COC document for your vehicle? OK, you may still know the old vehicle title and matching vehicle registration? These two documents have been replaced by the Certificate of Approval Part I and Part II.

What does “COC” stand for?

“COC” is the abbreviation for “Certificate of Confomity”. It can therefore be translated as “Certificate of Conformity” or also “Declaration of Conformity”.

COC replaced vehicle registration document

In terms of vehicles, the COC document has replaced the vehicle registration document. You wonder why there is then the registration certificate part II? Yes, I agree, in certain parts the registration certificate part II has taken over some of the functions of the vehicle registration certificate. You can prove that you are the owner or holder of a vehicle by means of the registration certificate Part II. The COC paper does not necessarily help you here.

What is the function of the COC?

The COC paper as a declaration of conformity has an essential function, which is an important proof for the manufacturer. But the COC document also has an important function for the owner of the vehicle.

With this document, the manufacturer declares in writing that a specific vehicle conforms to an “approved type”.

What does the COC have to do with CoP?

As a quick reminder,“CoP” = “Conformity of Production“, these are the procedures and measures that the manufacturer (incidentally also suppliers) must apply to prove that the products produced in series conform to the approved type. This is therefore preceded by an approval procedure in which the manufacturer proves that the product complies with the relevant laws.

Let’s sort it for a moment:

  1. There are a variety of legal requirements for vehicles that must be met. This results in a type approval.
  2. With the help of the production conformity procedures, the manufacturer proves to the authority that the approved characteristics are also fulfilled in the current series.
  3. Since the manufacturer uses CoP to prove that the series conforms to the approved type, he can now also certify this for each individual vehicle.

Moment? Is it that simple?

After all, CoP means that random samples are tested. Why can the manufacturer issue a COC document for each individual vehicle? Doesn’t every single vehicle have to be tested for this?

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