NACE 2010: NSF, ABPA certification program to provide quality distribution

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October 12, 2010—NSF International announced at NACE on Tuesday that it is developing the Automotive Aftermarket Collision Parts Distributor Certification Program.

The program aims to improve the supply chain between part manufacturers and body shops, according to an NSF press release_notes. The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is working with NSF to identify the key features that will form the basis of the new program, which is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2011.

The program will be open to all distributors and cover all parts sold by a distributor, both certified and non-certified parts. To earn NSF certification, some of the requirements that distributors will be required to include are:
• An ISO 9001 certified quality management system;
• A complaint process for defective parts;
• The ability to recall structural parts.
“The NSF Automotive Aftermarket Collision Parts Distributor Certification Program closes the gap between the parts manufacturer and the body shop by ensuring that certified distributors have the procedures in place to address traceability and quality issues,” said Bob Frayer, director of NSF International’s Automotive Aftermarket Certification Programs and NSF’s Engineering Laboratories.

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