Following a meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee on 12 May 2021, the following will now come into effect:


All personnel involved in grading parts will now need to show that they have completed the parts grading course by downloading the certificate. Auditors visiting your site to conduct initial or renewal audits will need to have sight of certificates when they next visit. This requirement, which is already specified in the standard, is with immediate effect.


The standard requires vehicle recyclers to “notify every customer who has purchased a part that has been subject to recall immediately after they have been alerted to, or become aware of, the recall”.

To date the certification bodies have adopted a ‘soft touch’ approach with regards to this.

As of the 1 October 2021 vehicle recyclers will need to demonstrate to their auditor that they have an effective recalls system in place.

This will apply to all parts sold from the 1 October 2021 onwards, and not retrospective sales.

Guidance on how to manage recalls is available in the FAQ section of the website:



We have now finalised our online parts grading course, which can be accessed under COURSES.

The course consists of nine knowledge units, each having a short quiz.

To pass the course you will need to successfully complete a short end-of-course test.

Who We Are

We are VRA Certification Ltd, an independent not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Our sole purpose is to manage and develop the UK’s Vehicle Recycler Certification Scheme.

What We Do

We certify UK-based vehicle recyclers to ensure they conform with the ‘UK Standard for Reclaimed Parts from End-Of-Life Vehicles’. This provides their customers with the confidence that the vehicle recycler operates legally and only markets quality assured reclaimed vehicle parts.

How We Do It

We work with two certification bodies, who scrutinise a vehicle recycler’s policies and procedures, and audit each recycling site annually. This provides an independent, objective assessment of conformance.