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The adoption of the Motor Vehicle Framework Directive 2007/46/EC (MVFD) took an important step toward further regulatory harmonization and broadened the scope of former legislation, extending approval requirements to nearly all road vehicles and their components. The phase-in implementation of this legislation was completed in October 2014.
The approval process involves interaction with different bodies prior to bringing cars or car components onto the EU market. Typically, a national approval authority conducts assessment for EU-wide type approval whereas designated technical services are in charge of testing and certification. The process affects whole vehicles as well as components such as indirect vision (mirrors), braking, and parking lamps, among others. The latter are regulated by separate directives which are not covered in this report.
MR-91 / End-of-life-vehicles: EU legislation
The report details requirements under the EU directive on end-of-life vehicles, including the obligation for auto manufacturers to take back old cars and recycle them.