Automotive Parts Sustainability Certification

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Certification Process

Manufacturers of NSF International certified automotive parts are eligible to pursue additional certification and to use the NSF International sustainability mark if they meet certain environmental requirements. These claims include low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints and primers, recycled packaging made with non-toxic materials, solvent-free coating on the package and part marking/labeling.

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.

Benefits of Certification

The 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 coatings.

Why Work With NSF?

NSF International is an independent public health and safety organization that helps protect the world’s water, food, consumer products as well as the environment. Companies worldwide rely on NSF to support their sustainability efforts and strategies, help build brand equity and differentiate products and services in a marketplace crowded with sustainable or environmental product claims.

This sustainability certification builds on NSF’s expertise in comparing aftermarket parts to the original equipment (OE) service parts to ensure that the aftermarket parts are equivalent in form, fit and function.

Certification Process

The program is open to all parts manufacturers currently certified by NSF through its automotive parts certification program.

Manufacturers will undergo biannual in-plant audits and 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 sustainability mark.

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