The IMDS (International Material Data System) is a computerised system that provides an operative tool for managing regulatory compliance of every automotive component.
Specifically, it makes it possible to track the entire supply chain of every individual vehicle part, highlighting the chemicals it contains.
This system is therefore extremely useful Europe-wide to manage compliance with Dir. 2000/53/EC (ELV - End of Life Vehicles), which requires vehicle makers, among other things, to provide information conducive to identifying the various components and materials of the vehicle and the location of all the hazardous substances it contains during disposal and treatment.
By tracking the entire supply network of a vehicle’s parts with the IMDS, it is also possible to manage conformity of automotive components in connection with a number of regulations (e.g.: REACH, “Conflict Minerals”, etc.).
Therefore, any company that supplies automotive components must ensure they provide their customers with the conformity information on their products using the IMDS, therefore taking on legal liability for the correctness of what they declare.