ANN ARBOR, Mich. — On Monday, March 21, 2011, NSF International filed papers to dismiss its lawsuit against the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) and its Executive Director, Jack Gillis, which was filed in response to CAPA and Gillis’ “open letter” widely circulated on July 28, 2010. In the settlement agreement, CAPA and Gillis agreed not to, either orally or in writing, make false and defamatory statements of fact about NSF.

NSF believes the record has been sufficiently cleared that continued litigation would be a distraction from NSF’s real work in testing and certifying the quality and safety of aftermarket automotive parts to ensure that high-quality aftermarket safety parts are available, and thus would not be in the best interest of the aftermarket parts industry or consumers. Accordingly, rather than continue litigation, NSF agreed to dismiss its case against CAPA and Gillis to focus on continuing to grow its business and do what NSF does best… certify products to protect consumers.

Thus, NSF is putting this matter behind it and is focused on continuing to grow its automotive parts certification programs, including the Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification program, which NSF announced in February 2010.

“There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that NSF International is fully committed to supporting the automotive aftermarket parts industry,” said Bob Frayer of NSF International. “NSF will continue to test and certify the quality and safety of aftermarket automotive parts to ensure that high quality aftermarket safety parts are available to vehicle owners and body shops, and it’s toward that goal that our resources will be focused.”

Background on NSF’s Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program

For years NSF has provided high quality certification services to the automobile industry. Building on this long history of automotive expertise, in early February 2010, NSF announced its Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program.

The NSF Certification Program was developed to counter the growing concerns that lower quality parts were being used in the automotive repair industry. The program verifies both the quality and performance of certain aftermarket auto parts via testing and inspections.

NSF International’s Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program tests and certifies reinforcement bars, steel bumpers, step bumpers, brackets and absorbers against a rigorous set of requirements developed by NSF in conjunction with industry leaders.

Automotive parts certified by NSF are tested side by side with original equipment (OE) and parts must demonstrate comparable performance to OE parts to bear the NSF Mark. The NSF Mark has 67 years of experience in testing, certifying and writing product standards behind it.

NSF Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Process

To verify that aftermarket parts bearing the NSF Mark meet all quality, safety and performance standards and are comparable to the OE part, NSF requires the following:

  • On-site inspection and approval of the manufacturing facilities’ production and quality system
  • Rigorous part testing to ensure the highest levels of performance and random, in-market part testing
  • In-plant part quality assurance program
  • A traceability requirement that allows for an effective recall process
  • An ongoing process for monitoring and taking action regarding customer complaints
  • Ongoing monitoring of certified parts through quarterly facility audits

NSF Certified automotive parts are being embraced by major part distributors and the list of NSF Certified parts that are available continues to grow.

About NSF International

Founded in 1944, NSF operates in more than 120 countries worldwide and is committed to protecting human health and safety (www.nsf.org). NSF's services include testing and certifying products and writing public health and safety standards for the food, water and consumer products industries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF is 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 corporate office and laboratories in Ann Arbor, Michigan, NSF has offices in key automotive markets such as Taiwan and China and a new testing laboratory in Shanghai. 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 is one of the largest automotive registrars in the world.

CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
Phone: 734.913.5723
E-mail: houlahan@nsf.org