News 2002

NEWS 2002


A short description of the IMDS Up-/Download Interface is available.


Starting Monday, November 25th, 2002, new registered users will be asked to confirm the IMDS Use Conditions when accessing the application the first time.


First official IMDS newsletter available.


IMDS Release 1.9 with new system software productive.


We are happy to announce that Mazda joined the IMDS community.
Welcome, Mazda!


The Toyota-specific enhancements are now activated.


Another car manufacturer has joined the International Material Data System.
Welcome, Mitsubishi!


Starting today the Public IMDS Pages are available in Japanese language.


Volvo Car Corporation (VCC) is offering to sign confidentiality agreements, to cover the usage of confidential substances in IMDS. This applies to both VCC suppliers and sub-suppliers.
If you are interested please contact VCC by e-mail: VCC contact.


The new Release 1.8.4 is now available.
Please be aware of the Release documentation.
(Including detailed Toyota-specific enhancements).


From today on the user documentation can be downloaded.


Note: Release 1.8.3 was not productive.

The new Release 1.8.3 is now available.
Please be aware of the enhancements for the Rel. 1.8.3.


From today on, companies have the possibility to register themselves for IMDS using the Online Registration.
Company Administrators now have enhanced administration rights. They may create new users for their company. Please pay attention to the process description Online Registration (398 KB).


According to the decision of the IMDS steering committee the following substance wildcards have been defined:

  • Flame Retardant
  • Further Additives
  • Impactmodifier
  • Inorganic Ingredients
  • Miscellaneous
  • Not yet specified
  • Organic Ingredients
  • Pigment Portion
  • Plasticizer
  • Request/Hg/Cr6/Cd/Pb

The Basic Substance wildcards can be found by entering 'system' into the CAS-No field in the Basic Substance search.


Another car manufacturer has joined the International Material Data System. Welcome, Toyota!


The new Release 1.8.2 is now available.
Please be aware of the enhancements for the Rel. 1.8.2.

Renaming of the VDA-List 232-101 into 'List of declarable materials in automobile manufacturing - Substances in components and construction materials'


Volvo specific IMDS information
PDF (96 KB), PDF (14 KB)


GM/Fiat specific IMDS information
GM Supplier, please have a look into the reworked GM instruction package. There are detailed instructions regarding material and constituent disclosure.
PDF (2.36 MB), ZIP (1.64 MB)


Ford Motor Company IMDS Rollout Package for the year 2002. ZIP (1.5 MB)


Starting April 25th, 2002 the new IMDS Release 1.8.1 will be in production. It contains the usage of organization units (in case you want to use this option) in the material data sheet working process. Additionally many suggested improvements from the IMDS survey have been considered. Find here already a description of the changes and enhancements.


The IMDS start page has been updated to reflect all the
IMDS-participating automotive manufacturers.


According to the decision of the IMDS Steering Committee the following substance-jokers have been deactivated and are no longer available.

  • Other Ingredients
  • Antistatica
  • Biocide
  • Flame Retardant
  • Impactmodifier
  • Lubricant
  • Stabilization UV, light, heat
  • Reinforcement/Filler
  • Plasticizer


GM/Fiat specific IMDS information
In January 2002 a letter has been distributed to the Suppliers of GM/Fiat (e.g. Opel, Vauxhall, Saab, GM North America Vehicle Operations, Powertrain and Fiat) with a request to input material data into IMDS.
See the FAQs section for detailed information regarding the requirements in this letter and about IMDS.

GM/Fiat's letter to Suppliers (dated January 2002)

Please be aware of the FAQ entry about the usage of Sending, Publishing, Proposing and Internal Releasing in IMDS.


The new Release 1.7.2 is now available.
Please be aware of the enhancements for the IMDS company-/user administration of Rel. 1.7.2.