The Automotive Manufacturers Equipment Compliance Agency, Inc. (AMECA) was incorporated in late 1994 to continue providing the same safety equipment services to the states that the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, (AAMVA) had provided since 1967.
As with AAMVA, AMECA has individual signed agreements with various states for providing equipment compliance services as their agent. This is the same arrangement that AAMVA had until the discontinuation of their Safety Equipment Services (SES) on 31 December 1994. The AMECA program is a centralized one-stop program that notifies government, industry and the general public about items of motor vehicle safety equipment that have been tested by an AMECA-accredited laboratory and found to be in compliance with applicable United States standards. Our clients and market are the national and international automotive industry, the standards-setting community, the federal government’s General Services Administration (GSA), numerous state governments, as well as some foreign governments.
AMECA maintains a listing of items that have been tested and currently comply with the applicable standards. Called the “Compliance List of Automotive Safety Devices“, this listing is updated quarterly and is available as an Adobe PDF document distributed via email. The international “List of Acceptable Plastics for Optical Lenses and Reflectors Used on Motor Vehicles” is also maintained by AMECA. This document is updated twice a year is also available as an Adobe PDF document distributed via email. To receive your free copy of the either document send an email request firstname.lastname@example.org.
All items submitted through the AMECA program must be properly marked and identified. Each item is completely re-traceable to the manufacturer, to the testing laboratory and to the raw test data retained by the testing laboratory.
Our laboratory accreditation program invites both independent laboratories and industry laboratories to apply for our accreditation. We have had excellent success with this program. In the 32 years of the program, we have never had difficulty with our accredited laboratories.
All 66 currently accredited laboratories have complied with the AMECA written criteria and have been audited on-site by AMECA on a periodic basis. AMECA maintains close and regular communication with its accredited laboratories as well as with local, state and federal governments.
Many state laws regulating automotive safety equipment were promulgated by the Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission (VESC) of the Vehicle Equipment Safety interstate compact. VESC regulations continue to be used by the states. AMECA maintains a complete list of VESC regulations that pertain to motor vehicle safety components and has recently obtained all historical documents pertaining to the VESC.
AMECA staff members voluntarily participate on various consensus standards committees such as Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) committees on lighting, brakes, emergency lighting and sirens, Glass (glazing) and the American National Standards Institute, (ANSI) Z26.1 committee on glazing materials.
The AMECA Program is financed exclusively by fees received for processing submissions, laboratory audit charges and from listing fees and publications. We receive no funding from the states we represent, nor any government or contribution funds from the government or the general public.
Each day we receive communications from every corner of the world with questions we try to answer in order to help industry and governments carry out their needs and responsibilities.