What is IMDS and what are the changes in version 12.0

28. 8. 2019

IMDS (International Material Data System) is a database of automotive material data used for automobile manufacturing. It is a joint project of major car manufacturers (Audi, BMW, VW, Daimler Chrysler, Ford, Opel, Porsche, Volvo and others), which was created
in response to Directive 2000/53 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles.

The aim of the database is to provide car manufacturers with an overview of the material composition of the parts supplied to them by the supplier because of its recycling, thus reducing negative environmental impacts.

Electronic system is used to share information. Information on material composition of parts is entered into the system by the supplier.

The first thing a supplier needs to do is register through www.mdsystem.com. At the same time the supplier must appoint
an administrator, the person who will manage this database. The administrator fills in the company data and then enters the material composition of the parts supplied to the automotive industry.

Binding requirements are defined in detail in the currently valid IMDS Recommendation and are available for each registered IMDS user.


IMDS – VERSION 12.0 CHANGES (since May 9, 2019)

Improvements to the IMDS Regulation Wizard.

  • Intelligent Substance and Materials Management for BPR (Biocidal Products Regulation) – includes additional controls when adding substances to MDS materials and adding an internal processing matrix.

  • Changes to the IMDS Regulation Wizard:

    • to make the search bar more transparent
    • clear text labels
    • level for Semi- / Component: replace “Produced in EEA info EEA?” by “Produced in / imported into EEA?” and add an icon for question mark (?)
    • regulatory Information (RI) – details of the results of changes
  • The new MDS version does not contain any control substances.

Other enhancements:

  • Changes in spare parts inspection and associated application code
  • Notification check improvements – Inbox Checks
  • Removing German material names
  • Recycled material updates


Do you want to know more? Visit our training:

International Material Data System: Foundation (IMDS1) – visit guaranteed term 23. – 24.9.2019 in Prague


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