OE Quality Friction Formulas Compliant with New Legislation

OE Quality Friction Formulas Compliant with New Legislation

April 10, 2014

All OEQF brake friction formulas recently underwent testing by NSF International (an independent third party industry-approved registrar) as part of the The Brake Friction Materials Self Certification Compliance Program. Based on these tests, all OE Quality Friction formulas passed the testing and are compliant with new legislation around environmentally hazardous materials in brake pads. 

This program is designed to comply with new laws in Washington and California and proactively address continued pressure on brake manufacturers, distributors and installers to limit the amount of copper and other potentially environmentally hazardous materials in brake pad friction material. The Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC) developed an industry-wide, self-certification program which confirms that friction material suppliers comply with the applicable legislation, regulations and requirements in those states in a phased approach.

As a result of passing this testing, OE Quality Friction brake pads comply with the regulatory edge code standards.  These new edge codes have a A, B, or N to signifying that the product is compliant and the year of manufacture, which will immediately alert installers and users that a product has passed the required testing.  OE Quality Friction has the license to use the leaf marks as appropriate on product, packaging and promotional materials and is now able to sub-license use of these marks to its customers. 

OE Quality Friction is a proven leader in the friction industry, driving new technologies and proactively pursuing new manufacturing processes and formulations to improve brake pad performance and exceed any standards set by the industry or legislators.

In Phase One of the compliance program. OE Quality Friction provided baseline data to NSF International (an independent third party industry-sponsored registrar) before the deadline of January 1, 2013. Then, NSF International provided the data to the Washington Department of Ecology, in compliance with the Washington Better Brake Rule.

The Washington Better Brakes Law requires a phase-out of copper and other chemical constituents from brake friction materials sold or offered for sale in that state. For nearly two years, the Dept. of Ecology has been engaged in a consensus-based process to develop rules to implement the Better Brakes Law.

Phase Two of the new law limits heavy metals such as Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, Lead and Asbestiform fibers when tested to SAE J2975 by an independent third party lab. This happens in 2014 for California, and in 2015 for Washington. The new laws further limit copper to less than 5% by weight in Phase Three on or after January 1, 2021. On January 1, 2025, California will limit copper to 0.5% by weight in Phase 4. That same requirement becomes effective in Washington on January 1, 2032 unless an advisory committee determines that alternatives brake friction materials are available.

OE Quality Friction is compliant with all phases of the new laws, including those yet to come into effect.

"OE Quality Friction is already producing and distributing brake pads that comply with laws and legislation that will take effect years down the road," said Scharnhorst. "In the meantime, we are constantly pursuing new formulations and avenues to increase performance and limit the environmental footprint of our product through rigorous engineering, testing and product development efforts at our facilities across North America."

California and Washington are the first states to pass specific laws regulating copper and other substances in brake pads. However, Hawaii, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and other countries are considering similar laws.