NSF International launched a new program to certify distributors who sell automotive aftermarket collision parts at the Collision Industry Conference annual meeting. The new NSF Automotive Aftermarket Collision Parts Distributor Certification Program closes the gap in the supply chain between part manufacturers and body shops.
The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) sponsored and worked closely with NSF to develop the new program to meet critical supply chain requirements, including parts traceability. The program meets the needs of collision repair shops, insurers and ultimately consumers, as it requires distributors to have quality management systems in place that address traceability, service and quality issues with regard to both certified and non-certified parts.
NSF certified distributors will be required to have records systems and inventory tracking systems in place that can track customer defective part complaints, trace a part to a body shop and trace a part sale. This gives the industry the ability to track all defective part complaints and trace parts from the manufacturer through the distribution channel to the body shop.
“For many years the collision industry has asked for an effective system to track and recall, if necessary, any defective safety parts. The new NSF Distributor Certification Program accomplishes that goal. The NSF program provides collision repairers and their customers’ peace of mind that certified distributors are focused on delivering quality parts and service,” said ABPA Board Chairman Dan Morrissey.
Requirements for distributors to earn NSF certification include: an ISO 9001 certified quality management system, a part traceability and inventory tracking system, a defective parts procedure including a customer part complaint process, and the ability to administer a manufacturer’s recall.
Distributors meeting the certification requirements will be able to use the NSF Certified Distributor Mark on their website and promotional materials indicating they are an NSF certified distributor. Certified distributors also will be included in NSF’s online certification listings. All NSF certified distributors will undergo ongoing quality systems inspections to maintain certification.
“The NSF Automotive Aftermarket Collision Parts Distributor Certification Program certifies a distributor’s ability to meet rigid performance standards and was developed in support of NSF’s mission to create programs that help protect and improve public health and safety,” said Bob Frayer, Director of NSF International’s Automotive Aftermarket Certification Programs and the NSF Engineering Laboratories.
The NSF Distributor Certification program complements the NSF Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program, which certifies that automotive aftermarket parts (e.g. steel bumpers, step bumpers, brackets, rebars, sheet metal, lighting and absorbers) meet rigid quality, safety and performance standards in terms of form, fit and function.
About NSF International: NSF International provides management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd. Recognized globally as one of the premier registrars of automotive manufacturing facilities, NSF is one of the top three ISO/TS registrars in the U.S. with more than 350 automotive-focused auditors supporting the program. In addition to NSF’s headquarters and laboratories in Ann Arbor, Mich., NSF has offices in key automotive markets such as Taiwan and China, a new testing laboratory in Shanghai, and serves more than 6,000 organizations worldwide. NSF International is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the official U.S. representative to the International Standardization Organization (ISO). NSF’s testing laboratories are accredited to ISO Guide 17025, the international standard for laboratory accreditation. NSF’s ISO 9000, QS 9000 and ISO 14000 management system registration programs are accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board.
NSF International has been committed to protecting human health and the environment for more than 66 years. Operating in 120 countries, NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional NSF programs include NSF Standards and Protocol Development, NSF Education and Training, NSF Sustainability, NSF Food Safety, NSF Health Sciences and NSF Water Systems.