NSF Certification evaluates auto collision replacement parts to verify they meet rigid quality, safety and performance standards

ANN ARBOR, Mich. and DES MOINES, IA — EMC Insurance Companies support the NSF International Collision Replacement Parts Certification Program.  NSF Certified Collision Replacement Parts are equivalent in form, fit and function to original equipment service parts, which is verified through NSF’s comprehensive certification program.

NSF International’s Automotive Collision Replacement Parts Certification Program tests and certifies reinforcement bars, steel bumpers, step bumpers, brackets and absorbers, sheet metal parts, external vehicle lighting and exterior plastic body parts. NSF engineers independently evaluate and compare these parts to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service parts to ensure the highest level of performance in terms of form, fit and function.

The NSF Certification process requires an on-site inspection of the manufacturer’s quality system to verify that the company has a traceability program, complaint process and an in-plant quality assurance system in place. All NSF Certified parts come with a limited lifetime guarantee.

Wendell Adamson, Assistant Vice President - Claims, at EMC Insurance Companies, supports the goals of NSF’s aftermarket parts certification program, and said, “The program will increase the availability of quality collision repair parts and provides cost effective alternatives to OEM replacement parts.”

Alternative parts usage can reduce the number of vehicles that are totaled based on part repair cost.  Consumers and collision repair shops benefit from a competitive market place with affordable options for high quality collision repair parts with a limited lifetime guarantee.  Collision repair shops also benefit because NSF Certified parts are tested to ensure they fit the first time, controlling time spent for repairs.

“Consumers benefit when a highly respected insurance company, such as EMC Insurance Companies, supports the NSF Collision Repair Part Certification program,” said Bob Frayer, Director of NSF International’s Automotive Collision Certification Programs and Engineering Laboratories.

For more information about NSF’s Automotive Parts Certification Programs, email Bob Frayer at frayer@nsf.org or visit nsfautomotive.com.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with NSF Engineering Laboratory Director Bob Frayer, contact Kelly Nichols at knichols@nsf.org or 734-827-6850.

About EMC Insurance Companies: EMC Insurance Companies is among the top 60 insurance organizations in the country based on net written premium, with assets over $3 billion and more than 2,100 employees. The company was organized in 1911 to write workers' compensation protection in Iowa. Today, EMC provides property and casualty insurance products and services throughout the United States and writes reinsurance contracts worldwide. Operating under the trade name EMC Insurance Companies, Employers Mutual Casualty Company and one or more of its affiliated companies is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.emcins.com and www.CountonEMC.com.

About NSF International Strategic Registrations Ltd (NSF-ISR): NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR), an NSF International Company, offers a comprehensive portfolio of management systems registration solutions to meet the demands of the global marketplace (nsf-isr.org). NSF-ISR is recognized by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) to provide ISO/TS 16949 registrations in the automotive sector. Additionally, NSF-ISR offers Automotive Parts Certification Programs. NSF-ISR provides registrations for the following programs: ISO 9001, AS 9100/10/20, ISO 13485, ISO 20000-1, ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, ISO 14001, Responsible Care (RC) 14001, Responsible Care Management Systems (RCMS), OHSAS 18001, American Tree Farm System and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) through ANAB accreditation as well as Greenhouse Gas Verification/Validation and SFI Chain of Custody (CoC) through ANSI accreditation.

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that writes standards, tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.