Friction Material Registration

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Registration
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Registration Process
  • Approved Testing Facilities

Regulations by a number of U.S. states limit the amount of asbestos, copper and other constituents used in vehicles’ brake friction materials.  Baseline data is required in 2013, with enforcement beginning in 2014 and increasingly tighter restrictions scheduled to roll out over several years.

States require that an approved third-party lab tests the levels of regulated constituents in friction materials.  Information on friction materials complying with the laws must be publically available online and marked on the packaging as compliant with state laws.  NSF is a friction material registrar.  Additionally, the  Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC) has authorized NSF to license the LeafMarks for use on friction materials complying with the laws.  The LeafMarks are trademarks to show the consumer what level of compliance each friction material has achieved:

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.

To learn more about NSF's friction material registering services or to start the process of getting a friction material registered, contact +1 734.214.6210 or FrictionMaterial@nsf.org.

Benefits of Registration

States have enacted regulations that require friction materials to undergo third-party testing and registration to verify compliance. Without testing and registration, brake pads cannot legally be sold in those regulated markets. NSF registration enables manufacturers to maintain access to these important U.S. markets.

Why Work With NSF?

NSF International is a leader in automotive parts testing and registration with years of experience with the Automotive Collision Parts Certification Program. Our experience, facilities and partnership with the Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC) can help guide manufacturers and other groups through the stringent testing and subsequent registration process required to comply with state laws.

States require marking registered parts and NSF has partnered with the BMC to license use of the LeafMark trademarks to show what parts comply with state laws.

Registration Process

The registration process involves four steps:

  1. You fill out the Application for Request for Friction Material Program Registration and email it to frictionmaterial@nsf.org.
  2. We generate a quote for your acceptance.
  3. You submit the Friction Material Data Release Authorization Form to frictionmaterial@nsf.org.
  4. We request the necessary information from the third-party lab that performed the testing. We post the necessary data in our NSF online listings of registered friction materials.

See the Publications section for the forms referenced above, along with additional forms for third-party labs to use.

Approved Testing Facilities

Regulations by a number of U.S. states limit the amount of asbestos, copper and other constituents used in vehicles’ brake friction materials. The states also require that a third-party laboratory test the levels of regulated constituents in friction materials. NSF International approves third-party testing facilities for friction material testing. Approved facilities include:

EMSL Analytical, Inc.

Approval end date: February 28, 2015

Contact:
Robert DeMalo
rdemalo@emsl.com
856-303-2502
www.emsl.com

Address:
200 Route 130 North
Cinnaminson, NJ 08077

Link Engineering Company – Chemical Laboratory

Approval end date: December 28, 2014

Contact:
Radek Markiewicz
r.markiewicz@linkeng.com
313-625-4041
www.linkeng.com

Address:
401 Southfield Road
Dearborn, MI 48120, USA

NSF International

Approval end date: June 13, 2015

Contact:
David Schenk
frictionmaterialtest@nsf.org
734-214-6210
www.nsf.org

Address:
789 N. Dixboro Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

To begin the process of becoming an NSF approved test lab for this program, download and complete the NSF Friction Material Program Test Lab Approval application. Please email the completed application to frictionmaterial@nsf.org.

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