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Official approvals

The problem of exhaust gases generated by motor vehicles has been controlled and legislated in Europe, mainly by the European Community Directive 70/220/EC and its subsequent modifications.

AS, SLU, as a leading company in Europe in the manufacture of replacement catalytic converters for the independent aftermarket, manufactures all its products in compliance with the current legislation.

All the catalytic converters manufactured and marketed by AS, SLU have been approved individually for each of our parts by the Ministry of Science and Technology (former Ministry of Industry and Energy - MINER) after the applicable tests and trials carried out in IDIADA in order to comply with the existing European Standards relating to the emission of gases, noise, back-pressure (power loss) and durability.

AS, SLU has all its products approved in compliance with the Directives 98/77/EC and 2002/80 EC, and United Nations Regulation R-103.

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All the existing regulations on vehicle emissions, the approval of catalytic converters and the technical inspection of vehicles (MOT) are presented below in chronological order.

History, Decisions, Community Directives and United Nations Regulations referring to Vehicle Emissions and Approval of replacement Catalytic Converters

  1. Basic Directive (PDF): Council Directive 70/220/EEC, of March 20th, 1970. on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to measures to be taken against air pollution by gases from positive-ignition engines of motor vehicles.
  2. EURO I (PDF): Council Directive 91/441/EEC, of June 26th, 1991, by which Directive 70/200/EEC , on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to measures to be taken against air pollution by gases from positive-ignition engines of motor vehicles, is amended.
  3. Council Directive 93/59/CEE of June 28th (PDF) on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to measures to be taken against air pollution by gases from positive-ignition engines of motor vehicles, is amended.
  4. Euro II (PDF): Directive 94/12/EC of the European Parliament and Council, of March 23rd, 1994, relating to measures to be taken against air pollution by gases from positive-ignition engines of motor vehicles and by which Directive 70/220/EEC is modified.
  5. Commission Directive 96/44/CE of July 1st, 1996 (PDF) on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to measures to be taken against air pollution by gases from positive-ignition engines of motor vehicles is adapted to progress.
  6. Directive 96/69/EEC of the European Parliament and Council of October 8th, 1996 (PDF) by which Directive 70/200/EEC, on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to measures to be taken against air pollution by gases from positive-ignition engines of motor vehicles is amended.
  7. Regulation No. 103 of the United Nations, of February 23rd, 1997 (PDF)
  8. Adhesion to Regulation R-103 (PDF): Adhesion to Regulation R-103: Council Decision 97/836/EC of November 27th, 1997, relating to the adhesion of the European Community to the Agreement of the United Nations Economic European Commission on the adoption of uniform technical prescriptions applicable to road vehicles and the fittings and parts that can be assembled on to them or used in them and on conditions of reciprocal recognition of the approvals granted in compliance with the said prescriptions.
  9. Approval of replacement catalytic converters (PDF): Commission Directive 98/77/EC, of October 1998, by which Council Directive 70/200/EEC, on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to measures to be taken against air pollution by gases from positive-ignition engines of motor vehicles is adapted to progress.
  10. Euro III and Euro IV (PDF): Commission Directive 98/69/EC of the European Parliament and Council, of October 13th , 1998 , relating to the measures to be taken against the atmospheric pollution caused by exhaust gases from motor vehicles and by which Council Directive 70/200/EEC is modified.
  11. Commission Directive 1999/102/EC, of December 15th, 1999 (PDF), by which Council Directive 70/200/EEC, relating to the measures to be taken against the atmospheric pollution caused by exhaust gases from motor vehicles is adapted to technical progress.
  12. Directive 2001/1/EC of the European Parliament and Council, of January 22nd, 2001 (PDF), by which Council Directive 70/200/EEC, relating to the measures to be taken against the atmospheric pollution caused by exhaust gases from motor vehicles is modified.
  13. Directive 2001/100/EC of the European Parliament and Council, of December 7th, 2001 (PDF), amending Council Directive 70/220/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States on measures to be taken against air pollution by emissions from motor vehicles.

    After the R-103 regulation from the ONU and the 98/77/CE Directive which are valid for the official authorisation of catalytic converters for the replacement in vehicles officially authorised without DAB (on board diagnostic system) and within the framework of EURO I and EURO II, the European Parliament and Council approved a new Directive for the official authorisation of catalytic converters for replacement in vehicles officially authorised with that system (within the framework of EURO III and EURO IV).
  14. Directive 2002/80/EC of the European Parliament and Council, of October 3rd, 2002 (PDF), adapting to technical progress Council Directive 70/220/EEC relating to measures to be taken against air pollution by emissions from motor vehicles.

    Furthermore, the ONU has just published a new supplement for the R-103 Regulation for the official authorisation of catalytic converters for replacement in vehicles with OBD.
  15. 2nd Supplement based on the ONU R-103 Regulation, dated on the 7th of June of 2005 (PDF). With this supplement, the R-103 Regulation is valid for officially authorising catalytic converters as a replacement with or without DAB.
  16. Consolidation of the Regulation R-103 of the United Nations of the 19 June 2007, (PDF). Includes the aforementioned amendments 1 and 2 on paragraphs 7 and 15 regarding official authorisation.
  17. Previous EURO V and EURO VI (PDF). Regulation (EC) No 715/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2007 on type approval of motor vehicles with respect to emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles (Euro 5 and Euro 6) and on access to vehicle repair and maintenance information.
  18. Directive 2007/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 September 2007 (PDF). It establishes a framework for the approval of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles. (Framework Directive, amending Directive 70/156/CE).
  19. EURO V and EURO VI (PDF), Commission Regulation (EC) No 692/2008 of 18 July 2008 implementing and amending Regulation (EC) No 715/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council on type-approval of motor vehicles with respect to emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles (Euro 5 and Euro 6) and on access to vehicle repair and maintenance information.
  20. Commission Regulation 1060/2008 of 7 October 2008 (PDF), replacing Annexes I, III, IV, VI, VII, XI and XV to Directive 2007/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the approval of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles (Framework Directive).

Community Directives relating to the technical inspection of vehicles

  1. Council Directive 96/96/EC of December 20th, 1996 (PDF) on the approximation of the legislations of the Member States relating to the technical inspection of motor vehicles and their trailers.
  2. Commission Directive 1999/52/EC, of May 26th, 1999 (PDF), by which Council Directive 96/96/EC, on the approximation of the legislations of the Member States relating to the technical inspection of motor vehicles and their trailers is adapted to technical progress.
  3. Commission Directive 2001/9/EC, of February 12th, 2001 (PDF), by which Council Directive 96/96/EC, on the approximation of the legislations of the Member States relating to the technical inspection of motor vehicles and their trailers is adapted to technical progress.
  4. Commission Directive 2003/27/EC, of April 3rd, 2003 (PDF), on adapting to technical progress Council Directive 96/96/EC as regards the testing of exhaust emissions from motor vehicles.