ANN ARBOR, Mich. and SHANGHAI - NSF International, a global organization with more than 70 years of independent product testing and certification expertise, including products in the automotive supply chain, is working with Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China, Ltd. to offer its NSF Aftermarket Automotive Parts Certification program to test and certify automotive aftermarket parts in China. The program will meet the needs of the China automotive market around high quality manufacturers, parts, distributors and repair shops.

The program was announced in Shanghai, China on July 7 at a joint press conference held at the NSF Shanghai Co. Ltd. office.

NSF International and Ping An will work together to ensure that aftermarket automotive parts are equivalent to the original equipment (OE) service parts in form, fit and function. The program will start with collision parts such as bumper covers, hoods, fenders, bumpers and hard parts such as sensors, brake components and hydraulic systems and expand to cover additional part types as needs of the market increase. In addition to determining OE service part equivalency, the approval process also will include part testing on vehicle to verify proper fit and verification that the manufacturer meets all in-plant quality control requirements including passing an in-plant audit and ongoing audits.

“Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company recognizes NSF International’s automotive and technical expertise, and we are very excited to work together with NSF in China,” said Mr. Zhu You Gang, Chief Operation Officer, Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company. Mr. Lin Shen, General Manager, Ping An Automotive Insurance said, “Increasing the availability of high-quality parts and services will make it easier for repairers, insurers, distributors and consumers to access these high-performing and reliable parts and services.”

By 2017, the average age of cars in China is expected to increase from 3 years to 4.5 years, which is expected to result in an increasing number of out-of-warranty vehicles and further drive demand for aftermarket products and services.

“We look forward to working with Ping An to ensure high-quality aftermarket automotive parts and services are available in China,” said Bob Frayer, Global Managing Director, NSF International Automotive Certification Programs. NSF International is a leading certifier of aftermarket automotive parts in both the U.S. and Australia and the only independent third-party certifier of parts distributors and repair shops.

NSF International has served clients in China for many years and opened an office in Shanghai in 2005 when NSF established a joint venture with the Shanghai Audit Centre of Quality Systems (SAC) called NSF Shanghai Co. Ltd. This joint venture is approved by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA). In 2011, NSF International opened the NSF International Testing Laboratory in Shanghai, which works in harmony with the joint venture to provide necessary testing. The NSF Shanghai lab earned ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from the China National Accreditation Service (CNAS).

Companies seeking information about NSF International's automotive programs can visit nsfautomotive.com or contact Bob Frayer at +1 734-827-6825 or autocert@nsf.org.

Editor’s Note: Media interested in more information can contact Liz Nowland-Margolis at media@nsf.org or +1 734-418-6624.

About Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China, Ltd: Ping An Insurance Company was established in 1988 as the first shareholding insurance company in China and became a group company (Ping An) in 2003 for integrated operations. Ping An ranks No. 32 in the Forbes Global 2000 list for 2015 and ranks No. 96 in the Fortune Global 500 list. Ping An is the second largest insurance company in China.

Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company is a subsidiary of China Ping An Group. Its automotive insurance owns 23 percent of the market in China with 97,500 cooperated car repair shops.

About NSF International: Founded in 1944, NSF International is an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). In addition to NSF’s Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program, the company is one of the world’s largest automotive registrars to ITO/TS 16949 via NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR).