What is an IMDS?

IMDS, which stands for the International Material Data System, is an important online platform in the automotive industry.

Essentially, all the parts used in the making of a vehicle are reported, evaluated, and archived in the system. This centralized platform helps manufacturers and their suppliers meet environmental regulations. In fact, the automotive supply chain is subject to many requirements, including recyclability, under the law.

As environmental standards continue to evolve, it is important to assess the compliance of previous parts. The materials breakdown recorded in the platform can help identify parts that do not meet the latest regulations. Moreover, with the centralized system, IMDS prevents the presence of hazardous substances in automotive components, while allowing vehicles to be recycled according to the ELV Directive. Following the End-of-Life Vehicle Directive, vehicles become scrap after a certain period of time. When disposing of them, it must be done in an eco-friendly way. If the vehicles are recycled, their individual parts must be identifiable in the IMDS platform.

Although reporting materials data in IMDS is not always mandatory, it might be required by other companies in the automotive supply chain.

What Do you Need to be IMDS Compliant?

At Enviropass, we provide unique solutions, tailored to your compliance needs.

Enviropass IMDS Service
  1. All you need to provide us is the bill of materials for your product.
  2. Our dedicated team, trained by a certified environmental auditor, will contact your suppliers and guide them through the registration process.
  3. The suppliers will be asked to report the following information about each part: weight, size, and material composition.

By working with Enviropass, you can focus on the essence of your business and leave your environment-related concerns to us.

How Can Suppliers Report on the IMDS Platform?

Enviropass will assist your suppliers throughout the entire process of reporting on the IMDS platform. Here is a step-by-step overview of the process: 

  1. Registering with IMDS
  2. Identifying materials, verifying the information, and generating Data Sheets
  3. Issuing your Product Materials Data Sheet

1. Registering with IMDS

The supplier has to register to obtain a Company IMDS ID. If the supplier has reported in the system previously, it will already have an ID in hand. If this is not the case, the supplier will be directed to the contact page of the IMDS website, where it will be possible to begin the registration process.

2. Identifying materials, verifying the information, and generating Data Sheets

Before identifying the materials, it is important to establish a product outline. This outline will serve as the basis for the tree structure. The tree structure breaks down the bill of materials into three different categories:

  • Subcomponents
  • Materials
  • Substances

Once this has been completed, the individual Material Data Sheets will be compiled. 

3. Issuing your Product Materials Data Sheet

IMDS International Material Data System

The final step is to release the IMDS to the corresponding company. This can be done by adding the recipient.

Enviropass will ensure these three steps are completed by your suppliers and provide you the environmental solutions you requested.

You may contact Enviropass for all your inquiries including IMDS, ELV, RoHS, and REACH-SCIP, we will be happy to assist you!