In the context of homologation / type approval of motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts, “Conformity of Production” (CoP) in accordance with EU Regulation 2018/858 is often a critical point. This applies without restriction to both manufacturers of vehicles and/or vehicle parts and their downstream supply chains. However, this obligation is unfortunately too often overlooked or too little heeded. This can not only lead to difficulties when applying for type approval and audits by authorities, but also to liability consequences in the event of serial defects in the field.
Tier 1 and Tier II suppliers in particular typically have a contractual obligation to OEMs (vehicle manufacturers) to CoP.
In 2021, reuschlaw and Mark Haacke Training & Consulting explained the essential contents, requirements and pitfalls of the CoP and its accompanying principles in a short seminar and discussed them with the participants.
CoP from a legal perspective
Thorsten Deeg, Senior Associate in the Mobility Team, dedicated his part to the basics and requirements of the legal requirements for CoP-P and CoP-Q and also offers advice on pitfalls in the design of contractual agreements and their implementation in daily doing.
Implementation of the CoP requirements
Mark Haacke discussed how the legal requirements from the Framework Regulation can be mapped in the processes within the company. A distinction must be made here between quality management requirements (CoP-Q) and proof of conformity via physical tests (CoP-P).
Participation was free of charge. The event was held as a webinar on September 23 from 10:00am-11:00 am using Zoom video conferencing software.