What is DOT Certification?
Is this part DOT Certified?

Learn more about becoming DOT compliant.

Are you looking to get an automotive part certified by an accredited 3rd party?

AMECA is your best choice for open, fair and impartial accredited 3rd party certification.

AMECA will give you the highest level of transparency, tracking and monitoring parts and marketing auditing. We are your best choice for quality, reliability and performace of the parts we certify.

Fact(s) about DOT certified Automotive Parts

We have all heard it. Everyday. Trust me we are DOT Certified. But what is DOT Certified?

There is no such thing as a DOT Certified Automotive Part.
They do not exist.

What is Certification?

“The formal attestation or confirmation of certain characteristics of an object, person, or organization.”

Certification and certified are words that gets thrown around the automotive industry with cheerful abandon. But what do they really mean? And is all certification the same? Who does certification and who decides who can certify a part? Lawyers, engineers and the consumers can all have different answers to those questions.

Before we understand what DOT Certified is we need some background information. From Wikipedia certification is: “The formal attestation or confirmation of certain characteristics of an object, person, or organization.” Basically, it’s a statement that you’re good!

Types of Processes for Testing and Certification

Internal Testing
and Self-Certification

You test it & You say it’s good!

Self-Certification is  your own company saying’s it’s good. It’s the fastest and cheapest but its completely buyer beware. Self-Certification is only as good as the company that made that product on that day.

Outside party testing
and you certify it

They test it & you say it's good!

Outside party testing is an excellent way to validate your own results and often those labs can do specialized tests not normally done in a manufacturing facility. But outside testing can be time consuming to schedule and eye wateringly expensive.

Outside party testing
and certification

they test it & they say it’s good!

Outside testing is not production line testing, and must production line validation to be useful. It is an excellent way to validate your own results and often those labs can do specialized tests not normally done in a manufacturing facility.

Internal testing and
outside party certification

You test it & They say it’s good!

Using a 3rd party for certification gives the advantage that they can work with many laboratories and are completely independent. But can cost time and money. (think 1-2 weeks and $350-500 plus testing).

Outside party testing
and 3rd independent
Certification Body

They test it & a different person says its good!

Accredited 3rd party certification bodies exist to make sure products on the market are tested, safe and just plane work. They have to ensure impartiality, competence and record keeping, and must have some sort of market audit.

PROGRAMS & RESOURCES

AMECA serves the motoring public, state police and motor vehicle administrations to help prevent accidents due to substandard equipment.

ISO-Certification is for those wanting to distinguish themselves. Over 80% of consumers surveyed prefer independent certification in their products.

The international “List of Acceptable Plastics for Optical Lenses and Reflectors Used on Motor Vehicles” is also maintained by AMECA.

Many state laws regulating automotive safety equipment were promulgated by the Commission of the Vehicle Equipment Safety.

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