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NSF International continually evaluates its programs and services and we considered many factors when making this decision,” NSF Chief Technical Officer Lori Bestervelt said in a statement. “Ultimately, we are choosing to focus on programs and services that are more directly aligned with our long-term, strategic vision for the organization.”

Individual parts manufactured on or before Sept. 30 may be considered NSF-certified, assuming they’re part of a parts line that met NSF’s criteria. However, any such part rolling off the assembly line Oct. 1 or later can’t be called auto body parts

“NSF certified parts that meet all applicable NSF certification requirements and are manufactured on or before September 30, 2019 will be considered ‘NSF certified’ for the lifetime of the part,” NSF wrote in a news release. “Manufacturers of NSF certified parts may continue selling existing inventories of NSF certified parts after September 30, 2019 as long as the parts meet all requirements and were manufactured on or before September 30, 2019. Parts manufactured after September 30, 2019 are not certified nor eligible to be certified. Any use of a sticker bearing the NSF mark on parts manufactured after September 30, 2019, is prohibited and such marked parts are not certified.” (Emphasis NSF’s.)
NSF certified body shops, recyclers and distributors aren’t so lucky. Their certification just expires Oct. 1, period. “After that time, they must discontinue use of the NSF certification mark in advertisements and marketing material,” NSF wrote.

Asked for more perspective into its termination of the programs, NSF senior communications manager Thomas Frey wrote: “As noted in the press release, NSF International continually evaluates its programs and services and we considered many factors when making this decision.”

“… As background, NSF International is a global public health organization founded in 1944 with operations in 175 countries. NSF facilitates the development of standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment.”

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