June 15, 2016 – Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide and the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) are marking 25 years of partnership inensuring the development of high quality, certified aftermarket automotive parts in the U.S. The partnership, which has evolved over the years, has included consulting, evaluations, testing and certification services for replacement parts and accessories made by independent manufacturers.
“CAPA’s priority has always been to ensure that high-quality, certified aftermarket automotive parts are a viable option for insurers, collision shops and, most importantly, the American consumer,” stated Jack Gillis, Executive Director of CAPA. “Marketplace competition is critically important and the CAPA/Intertek collaboration insures that choosing competitive parts does not mean compromising quality or safety. Our partnership with Intertek has made it possible to provide the industry with peace of mind in CAPA certified parts and we look forward to continuing our collaboration.”
While automobiles are sold with parts manufactured and installed by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), after the vehicle’s sale, replacement parts may come from independent manufacturers for repairs or enhancements. CAPA’s standards have been used in the United States, and throughout the world, to certify that aftermarket auto parts are of good quality, based on their design, materials and construction. Intertek has served as a partner to CAPA in certifying these parts based on years of expertise in performance, quality, and reliability standards and expectations for the automotive industry.
“At Intertek we are committed to helping ensure the quality of replacement auto parts with our third-party evaluations,” said Tim Hubbard, Sr. Vice President at Intertek. “Working with CAPA to test products to their standards allows for more options in the marketplace and we and pleased to celebrate 25 years of partnership as we look toward the future.”
The relationship between Intertek and CAPA has grown from a few team members to now include more than 60 individuals providing in-factory audits; technical and program consulting; database and document management; monitoring parts in the marketplace and providing assurance, testing, inspection and certification services to issue CAPA certification to manufacturers.
The Certified Automotive Parts Association, founded in 1987, is the nation’s only independent, non-profit certification organization for automotive crash parts whose sole purpose is to ensure that both consumers and the industry have the means to identify high quality parts via the CAPA Quality Seal. CAPA is an ANSI accredited standards developer for competitive crash repair parts. For more information see CAPAcertified.org.
Intertek is a leading total quality assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 40,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke assurance, testing, inspection and certification solutions for our customers’ operations and supply chains. www.intertek.com