What is a Q-Certified Part?


The highest form of quality assurance for aftermarket parts.

Q Certified – Not all aftermarket parts are the same. Q Parts are aftermarket parts that have been certified by either CAPA, Thatcham TÜVRheinland or NSF. These international agencies require aftermarket parts to meet the highest standards of accuracy in specification and production. Q Certified Lampware also meets the UN/ECE regulations to be ‘E-marked’ for compliance with Australian Design Rules (ADR).

Q certified uses CAPA (Certified Auto Parts Association)

CAPA’s certification tailored for the Australian market place includes an independent validator (Intertek) to ensure CAPA certified parts have OEM equivalence of fit, form and function for our domestic carparc. Intertek engineers conduct rigorous in-factory monitoring and inspections on over 50% of the part lots to ensure CAPA’s high standards continue to be met, even after a part has been certified. Intertek are responsible for the audit and approval of the manufacturers’ factory and quality systems to insure that CAPA’s unique factory standards and requirements are met.

www.capacertified.org
The partnership with CAPA makes Q-Parts the only Australian certification program that is truly independent.

Q certified uses the JOINT THATCHAM TÜVRheinland CERTIFICATION SCHEME

The Thatcham – TÜVRheinland Certified scheme is a joint co-operation between Thatcham and TÜVRheinland which combines Thatcham’s expertise in the automotive repair sector with TÜVRheinland’s worldwide reputation in conformance and quality certification. The all new Part certification program launched 1st September 2008, replaces the Thatcham Approved Parts scheme that has been running since 2001. It is a not for profit organisation whose aim is to contain or reduce the cost of insurance claims whilst maintaining safety and quality standards.

www.thatcham.org

Q certified uses the NSF CERTIFICATION PROCESS

NSF certification verifies the quality and performance of a range of auto parts through testing and inspection. The program is open to parts manufacturers able to meet NSF’s rigid quality and production requirements.

The certification process includes:

  • Inspection and approval of on-site production and quality systems
  • In-plant part quality assurance requirements
  • Rigorous part testing to ensure the highest levels of performance
  • Vehicle test fit and appearance evaluation
  • Ongoing monitoring of certified parts through quarterly facility audits
  • Random, in-market part testing
  • Verification of an operating customer complaint process and a parts traceability program that allows for effective tracking of parts in the event of a recall.
  • www.nsf.org
    To qualify as a Q Part the part must be either THATCHAM, TÜVRheinland, CAPA or NSF International certified or E-marked. An E-mark is evidence of ADR compliance.

    Q certified means ADR compliance

    Australian Design Rules (ADRs) are national standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions. ADRs do not apply to cosmetic crash parts such as guards, bonnets, grilles, bumpers and the like. There are a number of ADRs that apply to vehicle lighting. These ADRs incorporate the UN/ECE regulations. The method we use to establish ADR compliance for our Q Part lighting range is by including e-mark products in our Q Parts range. This ensures the lights are manufactured in accordance with the manufacturing process set out in the relevant UN/ECE Regulations. All Q Parts from Auto Parts Group are not only E-marked certified, but are specifically manufactured for right hand drive vehicles, increasing safety for users.

    www.infrastructure.gov.au

    Contact us to bring your part costs down with compliance.