In 2000, the End of Life Vehicles Directive presented the global automotive industry with a new challenge.  In addition to a number of other requirements, automotive importers into the European Union were required to report on cadmium, lead, mercury and hexavalent chromium compounds in all their vehicles.

In response to this new mandate, the automakers established a reporting system to address the massive datasets needed to fully report the material content within their vehicles.  They also enlisted the support of their supply chains to populate this database with all the material content of all their purchased vehicle components.  This database is known as the International Material Database System, and 20 years later the number of users is in the hundreds of thousands.

Tetra Tech began supporting customers on IMDS requirements in 2001 and in 2002 was certified as an IMDS trainer.  We have since trained over 8,500 individuals in face-to-face classroom trainings.  In addition, we provide the full array of IMDS support services to our clients, from assessing ELV/IMDS requirements, providing recommendations on program set-up and design, and turnkey support for several major OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.

On your own, IMDS not easy. Teaming with Tetra Tech, you will be able to design and implement a smooth, reliable process.  Contact us today to partner with our experienced and dedicated team.

Major IMDS Requirements Tetra Tech can help you with:

OEM Data Quality Requirements

Recommendation 019 Re-submissions

Third-party software evaluations

Customized, on-site trainings for your team



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The automotive industry has invested a significant amount of resources to simplify material reporting up and down the supply chain.  One main tool has been developed for this effort is the Global Automotive Declarable Substances List.  Although not all automotive manufacturers are using it, GADSL has emerged over the years as a common tool that solves many challenges for material content reporting in this industry sector.   Tetra Tech has been involved with GADSL reporting for over 10 years and can help you implement them for your needs.

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