Washington, DC: The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) announces it has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developer.

Founded in 1918, ANSI is a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.

ANSI’s approval of CAPA’s standards development process confirms CAPA’s long-standing efforts to implement an effective and legitimate process. CAPA institutes rigorous and effective controls during standards development through its Technical Committee, comprised of representatives from a cross-section of industries that are relevant to aftermarket parts, including manufacturers, distributors, insurers, collision repairers, consumer groups and consultants. CAPA’s Technical Committee performs periodic, in-depth reviews of the standards, refining them as needed to assure the continued quality of CAPA certified parts.

“Acceptance by ANSI as a Standards Developer further enhances CAPA’s status as a certifier of aftermarket parts,” said Jack Gillis, Executive Director of the non-profit association. “Our ANSI accreditation will lend even more credibility to the CAPA program and will help to ensure the continued high quality of CAPA certified parts.”

“ANSI’s approval of the CAPA Standards will assure the crash repair industry as well as the public that CAPA’s Standards were developed in a manner consistent with ANSI’s principles.,” said Rod Enlow, CAPA Technical Committee Chairman, “The end result will be improved quality and reduced crash repair prices. The economic benefits to consumers will include lower repair costs, lower insurance premiums, larger selection of parts, and better quality.”

In becoming an ANSI accredited Standards Developer, CAPA joins such notable organizations as UL (Underwriters Laboratory), NSC (National Safety Council) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers).

“CAPA is proud to join the ranks of ANSI Standards Developers,” said Bob Anderson, Chairman of the CAPA Board of Directors, “With ANSI approval, the public can depend on the CAPA Standards as a legitimate, independent, and effective means of identifying quality parts.”

The Certified Automotive Parts Association, founded in 1987, is the nation’s only independent, non-profit, third party crash parts quality certification organization. CAPA certification identifies, for both consumers and the industry, those parts that meet our high quality standards for fit, form, finish, material content and corrosion resistance. For more information see www.CAPAcertified.org.