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NSSTA is a series approval issued to manufacturers for a limited number of vehicles of which the validity is restricted to the territory of the member state where issued


Vehicles produced under small series must comply with Statutory Instrument 280 of 2017. Multi stage approval shall require agreements between all manufacturers involved.

Manufacturers must also demonstrate to the approval authority a functioning quality system and adequate control plans to ensure conformity of production for vehicles produced under the NSSTA. An onsite audit of the production facilities and periodic surveillance audits shall be required. See AVBB manual for additional information.

Small series limits

Maximum number of units
per type per year
M1 100
M2/M3 250
N1 250
N2/N3 250
O1/O2 500
O3/O4 200

Learn More

Step 1:
Please contact NSAI for the appropriate evaluation form and to discuss NSSTA requirements. On site audit may need to be arranged

Step 2:
NSAI will review the Evaluation form plus supporting technical file and will contact the applicant informing them of the test/inspections required.

Step 3:
Applicant contacts an ATC (Approved Test Centre) to have the test/inspections identified by NSAI carried out.

Step 4:
Applicant submits application consisting of:

  • Test and inspection records from an Approved Test Centre (ATC)
  • Description of Conformity of Production (CoP) process
  • Following satisfactory review of the manufactures application package and manufacturer's quality system, approval may be granted to the vehicle type. Approval is in the form of a National Small Series Type Approval (NSSTA) certificate issued by NSAI.

Stephanie Flood
T: 00 353 1 807  3879