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Monday, 11 June 2018 17:29

Certification, Legislation Related to Non-OEM Parts Get Spotlighted at Convention

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Ray Colas, director of government affairs for LKQ Corporation Ray Colas, director of government affairs for LKQ Corporation

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“It’s one thing to design a bumper cover that fits the vehicle. It’s another thing to design a bumper cover that allows for the proper installation of the proximity sensor, and making sure that proximity sensor works properly,” Frayer said. “It’s something that NSF is working very hard to make sure happens.”

 

He said 21 parts distributors have earned NSF certification themselves, a program NSF developed, Frayer said, in part to ensure distributors are actually delivering certified parts when shops order certified parts.


“That seems like a very common sense way of running a business, but I can tell you in fact that’s not the way business is always being done,” Frayer said. “Many times, certified parts are ordered and that’s not what’s delivered to the repair shop. I think it was important for us to recognize that, and make sure that what’s ordered is what gets delivered. When a certified part gets ordered and a non-certified part gets delivered, I think that hurts all of us in this room.”


As he did at the ABPA conference a year earlier, Frayer worked to explain the difference between a NSF-certified part and one bearing the “NSF Registered Part” label. As part of the full certification process, Frayer said, NSF conducts audits of the parts’ manufacturing facilities; that doesn’t happen for “NSF Registered” parts. Certification also involves “in-market testing of the products being sold,”---not so with parts that are only registered. With those parts, he said, NSF only validates “that the design is the same as the OEM part and that it worked properly on the vehicle.”


Mirrors are among the parts commonly being “registered” rather than “certified.”


“We’re doing this because for certain part types, this is what the market is asking for,” Frayer said, not indicating whether by “market” he was speaking of parts manufacturers or parts buyers as not interested in the presumably more expensive certification process. “I would love to be able to certify all these products … but at the end of the day, what the market is saying is we don’t have an appetite for certification.”


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