NSF International to serve as third-party registrar to verify that brake pads meet requirements of new regulations and do not exceed copper and other metal limits

ANN ARBOR, Mich. and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., — The states of California and Washington recently enacted legislation to limit the amount of copper and other constituents used in brake friction materials. To demonstrate brake manufacturers’ compliance with new state regulations, the Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC) of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has selected NSF International to serve as its official registrar.

The California and Washington regulations are scheduled to begin in 2014 and will be in full effect by 2025. Both states require a third-party registrar to verify which friction materials do not exceed the allowable amount of regulated material and to publicly list friction materials complying with the laws.

“The BMC is committed to reducing the role of copper and constituents contained in brake friction material.  Over the last several years, the Council appointed a committee which developed certification guidelines, product and packaging marking and worked with the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE International) to create material testing standards,” said Brake Manufacturers Council Chairman Bob Wilkes. “Through the committee’s efforts, the BMC issued a call for proposals, which led to the selection of NSF International to be its registrar of record.”

To allow consumers to know which of the three levels of compliance a brake pad has reached, compliance level information will be marked on the brake pads. The BMC has also created a new set of trademarks (the LeafMarks), which will appear on brake packaging. There are three different LeafMarks — one for each level of compliance:

Level A: limits levels of asbestos, cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury.

Level B: includes all the requirements of Level A and copper levels must be less than 5% by weight.

Level N: includes all the requirements of Level A and copper levels must be less than 0.5% by weight.

NSF International has been granted the right to authorize the use of the BMC’s LeafMark to manufacturers in compliance through stringent testing standards.

“The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association and Brake Manufacturers Council are pleased to be associated with NSF International and its nearly 70-year history of certification coupled with its extensive automotive industry experience,” said Bill Long, AASA Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the BMC.  “As our third party registrar, NSF is well qualified to manage the certification of multiple testing laboratories and provide data exchange with state requirements.”

NSF International tests and certifies auto parts with its Automotive Collision Replacement Parts Certification Program, including reinforcement bars, steel bumpers, step bumpers, brackets, absorbers, external vehicle lighting, and other parts.  Complementing this program, the NSF Automotive Collision Parts Distributor Certification Program helps close the gap in the supply chain between parts manufacturers and body shops and was developed to meet the needs of collision repair shops, insurers as well as consumers.  NSF will use the knowledge and systems from these programs to quickly and efficiently begin registering friction material.

“It is an honor to be selected as the registrar of choice for the Brake Manufacturers Council.  We look forward to working with the Council to ensure environmental and friction material standards are met,” said Bob Frayer, Director of NSF International’s Automotive Collision Certification Programs and Engineering Laboratories. 

NSF International, through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., is one of the largest management systems registrars (ISO) to the auto industry. NSF-ISR is recognized by the International Automotive Task Force to provide ISO/TS 16949 certification in the automotive sector and provides certifications to the following: ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 in addition to other standards.

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 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). 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.