Global public health organisation NSF International announced recently that it will discontinue its Automotive Parts Certification program and affiliated automotive certification and registration programs effective from the 30th September 2019.
Lori Bestervelt, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of NSF International said: “NSF International continually evaluates its programs and services and we considered many factors when making this decision,” Lori added: “Ultimately, we are choosing to focus on programs and services that are more directly aligned with our long-term, strategic vision for the organization.”
NSF certified distributors, repair shops and recyclers that meet all requirements of certification will remain certified until the 30th September 2019. After that time, they must discontinue use of the NSF certification mark in advertisements and marketing material.
Chris Daglis, a leading advisor to insurers, suppliers and repairers in the automotive industry on alternative parts strategies, said in his recent blog regarding the NSF: “Over the past 6 years, I have been a strong advocate for the various NSF programs. I have written many articles about the opportunities independent certification presents the automotive parts industry. I have also worked closely with NSF in Australia, New Zealand and more recently, through an assignment with eBay, in the UK. When I found out that NSF was building an independent certification program for the automotive recycling industry four years ago, I thought that it was the break the industry needed, a way for professional auto recyclers to stand out, build better businesses and be truly differentiated.”
ARA’s response to the NSF’s recent announcement was: “ARA recognizes the serious time and finances that many of our members around the country and around the world had already invested in pursuing the NSF Automotive Recycler Certification Program over the past two years,” said ARA Executive Director Sandy Blalock. “We know the recognition that this accreditation would have provided was especially important for our international members when it comes to electronic commerce. ARA is the only international association representing the professional automotive recycling industry and we are working diligently to meet the certification needs of all automotive recyclers.”
“This announcement will have a major impact on the entire automotive parts industry,” said ARA President Jonathan Morrow. “ARA has always recognized the importance of certification and remains committed to enhancing its Certified Automotive Recycler (CAR) and Gold Seal Programs, as well as meeting the needs of those members seeking further certification and accreditation. We will continue to discuss with industry stakeholders the implications of this announcement from NSF and will continue to provide professional automotive recyclers with a set of standards that will raise the bar for not only their business but the entire industry. We are working swiftly to leverage the knowledge, experience and insight that many of our members contributed to the NSF program into a benefit that can be offered to the membership.”
Chris Daglis also stated: “We are only a week out from the NSF announcement. Through the effort and commitment of the likes of the Auto Recyclers Association in the USA, the Vehicle Recyclers Association and even eBay in the UK (who have committed time, effort and a considerable investment into developing and implementing an independent recycler certification program), I am confident that we will find a solution, and quickly!”
For more information regarding the NSF announcement, click here: www.nsf.org