25 May 2023

IMDS (International Material Data System) is an online database used by the automotive industry to meet obligations provided to automotive manufacturers and their concerned suppliers. The IMDS tool is constantly being improved by DXC Technology to keep up with updated regulations imposed on the automotive sector and improve the reporting process. It is very important to have the tool compatible with the updated reporting process with the latest regulation updates. After the recent update of IMDS Release 14.0 from DXC technology, they have provided insight into the future release of IMDS 14.1 in the IMDS newsletter 61.

With the below updates, DXC Technology is planning to upgrade the tool to the 14.1 version,

  • Default selection of an Org.-Unit in newly created MDSs.

Simplifies the organization unit selection just by following the last submitted MDS as a default organization for all the new MDSs submissions.

  • Rejection reason in Inbox/Outbox search results

Added a separate column for rejection reasons in the inbox/outbox search result. Rejection reason views are shortened based on the length, but we can view the full content on export.

  • Allow search for SCIP Material Category by ID

Similarly, like TARIC code a new search field will be added to the dialog for assigning SCIP category to a material.

  • Error for editable references to hidden data

Users will get an error message if there is deactivated or hidden data referenced in the newly created MDSs. The newly created MDSs can be released only if the hidden data are replaced with valid ones.

  • Error for deactivated application codes

Instead of a warning message, an error message will be displayed for deactivated application code.

  • Proposing MDSs with deactivated contact

Removal of error message for proposing the MDS with the deactivated contact is possible in this roll-out with a valid default contact.

  • Splitting of application code 5(b) into 5(b)(i) and 5(b)(ii)

As per the new ELV Annex II, the application code 5(b) – Lead in batteries for battery applications are classified into two categories,

    • 5(b)(i) – Lead in batteries
      • (1) used in 12 V applications
      • (2) used in 24 V applications in special purpose vehicles as defined in Article 3 of Regulation (EU) 2018/858 of the European Parliament and of the Council
    • 5(b)(ii) – Lead in batteries for battery applications not included in entry 5(a) and entry 5(b)(i)

    We expect this update to roll out sooner than later, along with additional updates regarding IMDS reporting, which will benefit automotive suppliers around the world. We at ComplianceXL ensure that automotive suppliers are in compliance with IMDS guidelines and meet OEM reporting requirements.


    1. How does IMDS adhere to its norms and standards?

    A standard material number uniquely identifies the chemical content of a material. Many norms apply to a range of chemical compositions.

    2. What is the IMDS weight tolerance?

    IMDS Committee materials are recommended if available. This is especially important for standard metal measurements. The maximal tolerance for weight data is 10%.