Friction Material Registration

We can help guide manufacturers and other groups through the stringent testing and subsequent registration process required to comply with state laws.

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We can help guide manufacturers and other groups through the stringent testing and subsequent registration process required to comply with state laws.

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 was required in 2013, enforcement began in 2014 and increasingly tighter restrictions rolled out in the years thereafter.

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 publicly available online and marked on the packaging as compliant with state laws. NSF is a friction material registrar. Additionally, the Brake Manufacturers Council 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.

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