TUV Rheinland Japan becomes the first company in TUV Rheinland Group to help win component approval for an automobile onboard camera monitor system under amended UN-R46 04 regulations.

The amended regulations took effect on 18 June, 2016 and allow a camera monitor system to provide a rear field of view to the driver in place of the conventional door mounted and interior rear view mirrors. This makes it possible for automakers to produce safe and sleek looking mirrorless cars.

In July 2016 TUV Rheinland Japan became the first third party organisation in the country to offer testing and certification services for onboard camera monitor systems based on the revised UN regulations. Manufacturers are required to acquire certification before they can market their onboard camera monitor systems on the international market.

The certification process requires manufacturers to demonstrate that their products meet the relevant standards in the country where they are to be marketed. TUV Rheinland helps them to acquire certification from the approval authorities in the countries or regions the customer chooses.

TUV Rheinland also offers a confirmation testing during the design and product development and design stages, helping to guide customers during each phase before the product faces approval testing. This allows manufacturers to identify any gaps between the UN-R46 requirements and the product's actual functions, making it possible to avoid extensive design rework and reduce the overall cost of bringing a product to market.

TUV Rheinland holds accreditation from a variety of authorities, such as KBA in Germany, SNCH in Luxembourg, RDW in the Netherlands, and NSAI in Ireland. This allows the organisation to support customers applying for vehicle and component approval, by providing all the tests and technical evaluations required by the UN-R46 regulations.