NSF International announced it 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,” said Bob Frayer, global managing director of Automotive Certification Programs at NSF International. “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.”