Friction Material Testing

NSF International is the only company in the world capable of both testing and registering friction materials for compliance with the state laws.
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NSF International is an experienced test lab and recognized registrar that can provide both testing and registration of friction materials for compliance with the 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. The states require that:

  • Friction material is tested by an independent third-party lab
  • Edge codes are registered by an independent third-party registrar

NSF International can perform this required testing, enabling friction manufacturers and distributors to demonstrate compliance with all the legal requirements.

The laws were enacted to protect the nation’s water and the environment. The U.S. EPA then created a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the reduction of copper in brake pads across the entire U.S.

To legally sell brake pads in California or Washington, they must be tested by an independent third-party lab and then registered by an independent third-party registrar. Even if you sell or distribute brake pads solely online, they can still be bought in California or Washington. That means your products must comply with the state laws or face fines up to $10,000 per violation. Testing through NSF International will allow you to avoid those fines and meet all of the state requirements.

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