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eCall Certification

Approval of in-vehicle emergency call systems

Technical requirements for eCall certification

Since 2018, eCall has been mandatory for all new models of passenger cars (M1) and light commercial vehicles (N1), and in order for vehicles to continue to be sold and registered in the EU, car manufacturers must now approve their deployed eCall systems on the basis of EU requirements. The eCall tests defined in Regulation (EU) 2017/79 are decisive here:

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  • Annex I – High-severity deceleration test
  • Annex II – Full-scale impact test assessment
  • Annex III – Crash resistance of audio equipment
  • Annex IV – Co-existence of TPS and eCall
  • Annex V – Automatic triggering (document review)
  • Annex VI – Positioning services (GNSS)
  • Annex VII – Info & warning signal (IVS self-test)
  • Annex VIII – Privacy and data protection

According to Regulation (EU) 2017/78, Annex I / II, Part I, § 12.8.7, manufacturers must declare conformity with the eCall standards according to Article 5 (8) of Regulation (EU) 2015/758. The relevant eCall tests are defined in:

  • CEN EN 16454:2015 / ETSI TS 103 412 – eCall end-to-end conformance testing
  • ETSI TS 103 428 – eCall HLAP interoperability tests
  • ETSI TS 102 936-1, TS 151 010-1 and TS 134 123-1 – GSM / UMTS conformity
  • ETSI TS 103 543 – Voice communication requirements for emergency calls


In July 2018, the UN – R 144 directive also came into force. The directive defines the approval procedures for:

  • components
  • eCall systems
  • Motor vehicles with eCall system already approved
  • Motor vehicles with eCall system not yet approved


Depending on the type of approval, the scope of testing varies. In total, there are the following test areas:

  • Data transmission and voice connection
  • EMV (UN – R 10)
  • Position determination (GNSS)
  • PLMN Access
  • Information and warning signal (self test)
  • Energy supply
  • Resistance test (sled test)
  • AECS Control
  • Hands-free audio performance (audio)
  • Vehicle Impact Tests


However, UN – R 144 is not only valid for the countries of the European Union, but applies to up to 56 countries worldwide. Among them are Russia, Japan and Korea.

Regulation (EU) 2015/758 also defines that the tests for eCall certification should be carried out exclusively by a notified technical service.

Our services

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Already in August 2017 we were designated by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) as Technical Service for eCall and were the first laboratory in Europe to offer and carry out eCall approval. We were also the first laboratory to be designated by the KBA as Technical Service for UN-R 144. In addition, we have been working for several years on the standardisation of eCall test specifications and can draw on a wealth of practical experience from the large number of eCall approvals we have carried out.

With our extraordinary expertise for the eCall approval process and the technical know-how acquired over many years for the execution of the necessary tests for the approval, we are your number one contact when it comes to eCall certification.

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