Conformity of Production (COP)


What is COP?

Conformity of Production (COP) is the ability to produce a Vehicle or Component that is exactly the same as the 1st, 2nd or 20th etc that has been tested and has met the relevant Type Approval requirements.
COP is a key part of the Automotive Vehicle Type Approval process; in simple terms it is the requirement to have the correct Quality processes and procedures in place to ensure that a company is able to Manufacture a Vehicle or Type Approved Component to the required specification.
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Who Requires COP?

Any company that applies for Automotive Type Approval to gain either National Small Series Type Approval (NSSTA) or European Whole Vehicle Type Approval (EWVTA) or the Enhancement Scheme (see Type Approval section for more information) there is a requirement for Conformity of Production (COP).
The UK Type Approval Authority: Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) in the UK for example require a company to have COP if they apply for Type Approval; see Type Approval section for categories.


COP Quality Management System implementation


Conformity of Production (COP)

Whether you have an existing Quality management system in place or if you do not have a formal Quality Management system in place and want to implement a COP Quality system, we can work with you to tailor a COP Quality system that suits your Company.
We will work with you to implement a Bespoke COP Quality Management system to enable you to meet your Conformity of Production (COP) requirements in order for you to meet part of your Type Approval requirements (see Type Approval section).
Utilising systems that you already have in place or creating a Quality system from scratch we ensure that it suits your Company and the way that your Business works.
We will work with you to ensure a smooth transition when implementing a new Bespoke COP Quality System ensuring that the implementation process has a positive impact for your Business.
We will take you all the way through the Audit process and lead you through the Audit process.
Whatever stage you are at in your Management systems development journey, we can review your current processes, procedures and documentation and benchmark these against your Objectives, Aspirations and Industry Best Practice.
We have experience of working with all sizes of Companies from SME’s to OEM’s.
COP Quality Consultants will provide you with objective, impartial advice and guidance and can then give you the tools to decide which is the best way forward and we will guide you through the steps you need to take to reach your goals.


Benefits to implementing a COP Quality Management System.

Able to apply to the Type Approval Authority for Type Approval
Increased Profitability
No longer have the associated costs of taking every vehicle for an inspection
Enhanced Business Reputation
Increased consumer confidence
Improved Business process performance and Customer Satisfaction
Provides a framework for continuous improvement
Reduction of Failure costs for example waste; Rejections, Customer complaints
Improved product and service reliability
Enhanced Customer perception in the Market place
Tenders to your customers in the Automotive sector enhanced by COP accreditation

Ability to move onto implementing an ISO9001 Quality system if required in the future; Implementation of an ISO9001 quality system may ensure that Third Party audits may not be required or at a lower frequency by organisations such as the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) in the Automotive Industry for example (See ISO9001 section.)

The latest ISO9001 Standard Concentrates on Risk Based thinking and the process approach; the new ISO9001:2015 standard is aligned to your Business and your Risks and Opportunities are paramount to the Quality system as they are to your Business (See ISO9001 section.)
However, you do not currently have to have ISO 9001 in place to achieve COP; this can be done by implementing a COP stand-alone Quality system and possibly moving to implementing ISO 9001 at a later stage if required.


Don’t turn tail at the thought of having to implement a COP system on your own; we can do this for you.



How will we do this?

We will work with you to:

  • Discuss your requirements and carry out a Gap Analysis of your current system; whether you are ISO certified or if you don’t have any formal quality system in place.
  • Tailor a COP Quality system that works for you.
  • Advise and select the appropriate Type Approval body for your organisation.
  • Implementing a Quality Manual alongside the required Processes and Procedures.
  • Compile your Control Plans.
  • Implement a Change Control Process.
  • Align your COP Management System objectives with those of your organisation.
  • Short or long term depending on your requirements.
  • Guide you through and take the lead and support you through the COP Audit.
  • Carry out relevant Quality training where required as applicable and/or advise where the appropriate training may be acquired.
  • Implement a programme of internal Audits and work with you short or long term to ensure they are completed successfully; Carrying out the Internal audits where required. See Auditing services.
  • Management Review meetings- we will organise and can chair the meetings where required.
  • Select and train relevant staff to lead the implementation of your COP Quality system.
  • Liaise with the relevant COP Type Approval certification body and submit the required documentation where and as applicable.


Ongoing support and guidance

As with all of our Management systems consultancy services, we will provide you with as much or as little support as you need.

Contact us on 07910 018398 or email