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NSF expands certified distributor pool

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 09:00
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Another parts distributor has achieved certification under NSF International's Automotive Collision Parts Distributor program. Professional Parts Group, a San Dimas, Calif.-based collision parts distributor, is the latest company to achieve certification.

“Our designation as an NSF International Certified Distributor is a key factor in meeting customer’s expectations,” says Christopher Northup, CEO and managing partner of Professional Parts Group. “The Professional Parts Group is focused on quality and integrity at every level and every professional in our company contributed to our success in achieving this important certification from NSF.”

The distributor program was developed in 2011 to complement the NSF Automotive Collision Replacement Parts Certification Program, which certifies aftermarket parts like bumpers, brackets, plastic, lighting, and absorbers. That program competes with the Certified Automotive Parts Association's (CAPA's) similar certification program, and the two associations nearly sparred in court in 2010 after the NSF program was announced.

The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPS) worked closely with NSF to develop the distributor program.

"ABPA approached us about this," says Bob Frayer, director of NSF's automotive parts certification programs. "Through our discussions, it became apparent that in order to grow the parts certification program, we needed to have a strong distributor certification program as well. We spent all this energy on the manufacturers to make sure the parts are the equivalent of the OE service pars, but they weren't getting to the shop for the repairs."

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