IMDS (International Material Data System) is an IT system that acts as the operational tool for the management of regulatory compliance by each component in the automotive industry. In particular, it makes it possible to trace the entire supply chain of each single part of a motor vehicle, highlighting the content of any chemical substances.
This system is therefore very useful in Europe for the management of compliance with Directive 2000/53/EC (ELV - End of Life Vehicles), which, among other things, requires vehicle manufacturers, to provide information allowing identification of the different components and materials of the vehicle and the location of all the dangerous substances present in it during disposal and processing.
By tracing the entire supply network of vehicle parts with IMDS, it is also possible to manage the compliance of automotive components in relation to multiple regulations (for example: REACH, “Conflict Minerals”, etc.). Therefore, any company supplying automotive components must make sure that it provides its customers with compliance information on its products using IMDS, therefore accepting legal responsibility for the correctness of hat is declared.