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VCA, an executive agency of the Department for Transport, is the United Kingdom's national approval authority for new road vehicles, agricultural tractors and off-road vehicles. In addition, VCA offer management system certification and training services against the requirements of ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001, QS-9000, ISO/TS 16949, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 50001. As an executive agency of the UK Department for Transport, VCA is closely linked with Government and European policy formulation and the enforcement of vehicle safety and environmental standards.

VCA provide expert international testing, training and certification services for vehicles, their systems and components. Type Approval is the testing and certification process applied throughout all the European Member States to ensure that a range of safety and environmental standards are met by both vehicle and component manufacturers before their products can enter into the market place.

With offices in North America, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, China, India, Korea and South America, VCA are recognised world players in the certification field.