New NSF Sustainability mark helps body shop professionals and consumers identify collision replacement parts with low VOC paints and primers, recycled packaging made with non-toxic locally sourced materials, and solvent-free

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International, a global organization with 70 years of certification and testing experience, has introduced a mark that identifies automotive collision replacement parts that have met specific environmental claims. These claims include low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints and primers, recycled packaging made with non-toxic materials, and solvent-free coating on the package and part marking/labeling. Manufacturers of NSF International certified automotive parts are eligible to pursue this additional certification and use the NSF International sustainability mark if all program requirements are met.

Manufacturers of NSF International certified automotive parts undergo in-plant audits and their parts must pass vehicle test fit (VTF) and appearance, surface coating, material thickness, material composition and performance/function evaluations as well as meet in-plant quality control testing and packaging requirements. Auto part manufacturers that meet these requirements as well as pass NSF environmental audits will be authorized to use the NSF International mark.

“This new NSF International mark recognizes collision part manufacturers who are working to lower their environmental impact by using low VOC paints and primers as well as packaging made with locally-sourced non-toxic materials. While the United States has both federal and state requirements for the use of low VOC paints and primers, other countries do not. The NSF International mark provides consumers the information they need to make more environmentally friendly choices in the United States and internationally,” said Bob Frayer, Global Managing Director of Automotive Certification Programs at NSF International.

NSF International’s Automotive Collision Replacement Parts Certification Program tests and certifies lamps, front bumpers, reinforcing beams (rebars), step bumpers, sheet metal and plastic components, and absorbers. All NSF International certified automotive parts have a limited lifetime warranty.  

Manufacturers or distributors of automotive collision parts seeking information about NSF International's Automotive Collision Certification Programs can visit NSF International’s website or contact Bob Frayer at autocert@nsf.org.

For more information on management systems registration, visit www.nsf-isr.org or contact Tony Giles at agiles@nsf.org.

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

About NSF International: 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). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR) offers a comprehensive portfolio of management systems registration solutions to meet the demands of the global marketplace (nsf-isr.org). 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. NSF-ISR also provides registrations for the following programs: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, AS 9100/10/20, ISO 13485, ISO 20000-1, Responsible Care (RC) 14001 and Responsible Care Management Systems (RCMS) as well as greenhouse gas verification/validation.