California Toxic Substances Control Selects NSF International as First Registrar for Brake Pad Law
NSF International registers brake friction materials in accordance with the California brake pad law to ensure copper, asbestos and other heavy metal limits are met
ANN ARBOR, Mich. and SACRAMENTO, Calif. – NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, has been recognized by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) as the first approved registrar to monitor environmental protection laws and ensure integrity in registering brake pads, also known as brake friction materials. California is one of two states that limit the amount of copper, asbestos and other heavy metals used in brake pads and requires that an approved third party provides oversight of brake pads sold in the state.
NSF International’s independent, third-party brake friction material registration program evaluates friction materials and submits applicable data to state agencies. NSF International also publishes compliant materials on its online list of compliant brake friction materials.
“By approving NSF International as a testing certification agency, DTSC ensures the public can confidently purchase compliant brake friction materials in California and know these materials have been certified by a proven third-party certification organization,” said Karl Palmer, DTSC Environmental Program Manager, Safer Products & Workplaces Program.
To earn approval from California, NSF International demonstrated compliance with California’s brake friction material testing requirements as well as the California Code of Regulations chemical analysis data and ISO 17065 accreditation conformity assessment for bodies certifying products, processes and services.
“We are honored to receive this approval from California as the first and only organization to ensure compliance with laws limiting the amount of copper, asbestos and other heavy metals used in brake pads,” said Bob Frayer, PE, Global Managing Director of NSF International’s Automotive Programs.
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In addition to registering brake friction materials, NSF International provides auto supply chain certification services to ensure the highest quality parts and services:
- Automotive parts certification, which certifies that automotive aftermarket parts meet rigid quality, safety and performance standards for form, fit and function.
- Automotive collision parts distributor certification, which certifies distributors who sell aftermarket parts.
- Collision repair shop certification, which certifies the capability of a repair shop’s facility, procedures, training and internal processes to execute higher quality, consistent and safer repairs.
- Automotive recycler certification, which confirms recyclers’ ability to meet extensive grading, labeling and traceability requirements as well as federal, state and local recycler regulations.
NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the consumer goods, water, food, and health sciences 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. Operating in more than 165 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.
NSF International provides automotive product services including certifying collision replacement parts, tire pressure monitoring sensors, automotive parts distributors and collision repair shops, as well as performing friction materials registration and testing. NSF-ISR is the largest automotive registrar in North America and is recognized by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) to provide ISO/TS 16949 registrations in the automotive sector.