European Enhanced Vehicle-Safety Committee

General info & FAQ

General information on the activities of the EEVC

Early cycle testing activity of EEVC WG 8
Side impact test activity of EEVC WG 9
Frontal impact test activity of EEVC WG 11

The EEVC was founded in 1970 in response to the US Department of Transportation's initiative for an international programme on Experimental Safety Vehicles.

The EEVC steering committee, consisting of representatives from several European Nations, initiates research work in a number of automotive working areas. These research tasks are carried out by a number of specialist Working Groups who operate for over a period of several years giving advice to the Steering Committee who then, in collaboration with other governmental bodies, recommends future courses of action that would lead to improved vehicles with respect to safety.

Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ

1. What are the terms of reference for the EEVC?
2. What is the membership of the EEVC ?
2. Where are its offices ?
3. How is it financed ?
4. Does the EEVC test cars ?
5. Why is much of the site password protected ?
6. Can I gain access to any of the group pages ?
7. How does one become a member ?
8. Does the EEVC make Standards or Regulations ?

1. Terms of Reference
The Terms of Reference

2. What is the membership of the EEVC ?

The steering committee of the EEVC is made up from representatives of the National Government with Europe, usually from the various Departments of Transport. The Working Groups consist of nominated technical experts, one from each National Government. The responsibilities of working group technical experts have been defined by the Steering Committee.

3. Where are its offices ?

The EEVC does not have a central secretariat or office. If you need to contact the EEVC please email the technical secretary.

4. How is it financed ?

The central EEVC organisation does not receive any special funding, all resources are supplied by the supporting governments. Funding to support the activities of the various Working Groups can come from the National Governments, the European Commission, Industry or other bodies.

5. Does the EEVC test cars ?

The EEVC does test cars but not for approval purposes. All testing is carried out in pursuit of technical research and developments that could lead to proposals for improved vehicle standards. One organisation that does test cars comparing their performance in a range of different impact conditions is EuroNCAP - the European New Car Assessment Programme. This organisation is not part of the EEVC.

6. Why is much of the site password protected ?

The EEVC site is mainly for use but its member groups and until the research has been completed and published this work must remain confidential. The policy of the EEVC is to publish research conclusions when they have been completed.

7. Can I gain access to any of the group pages ?

Only EEVC members can access the confidential areas of the site. In fact many different passwords are used for the deferent areas and very few people can access all areas.

8. How does one become a member ?

One can't just become a member of the EEVC and its various groups. The Steering Committee only consists of members of the national Department of Transports, although members of the European Commission are also invited. The Working Groups consist of technical experts in the relevant field, one from each country nominated by the relevant Department of Transport. They can be supported by an additional support member, if appropriate, chosen by the technical expert.

9. Does the EEVC make Standards or Regulations ?

The EEVC does not make Standards of Regulations but carries out the basic research on which they are founded. In pursuit of making improvements outline test procedures and test equipment e.g. test dummies, impactors or barriers are developed. Proposals are then made to the regulatory bodies who may or may not adopt them and develop them into Regulatory documents. The EEVC may assist in this process, if so requested, but the EEVC is not part of the formal regulatory process.