Professional Automotive Recycler Certification Initiative Will Unify Standards of Excellence Worldwide

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Manassas, VA – Three leading professional automotive recycler organizations, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) and United Recycler’s Group(URG), are pleased to announce that the entities will centralize their respective accreditation programs into one united accreditation and certification standard for professional automotive recyclers. “This will serve to bring increased industry unification and recognition to professional automotive recyclers who operate at the highest level of the industry,” says Michael E. Wilson, ARA CEO. “We look to this as a preeminent accreditation program that would be a model for other international automotive recycling organizations, as well as to governments of countries across the globe.”

The widely respected ARA CAR and Gold Seal programs – the industry’s highest level of accreditation since 1996 – are now joined by the highly recognized URG 8000 (of the United Recycler’s Group) and ARC Canadian Auto Recyclers’ Environmental Code (CAREC) programs to advance the standards of excellence in practices and standards. These programs have all served to identify the top tier of certified professional automotive recyclers.

In 2011, representatives from ARA, ARC, and URG convened a working group with the goal of attaining the preeminent accreditation program that would be an asset to their members and a model to countries around the world. After much research and review, the working group recommended a draft outline in September 2011 that was approved by the ARA, ARC, and URG leadership. Administrators of the ARA CAR and Gold Seal programs collaborated with ARC and URG representatives toward a goal to create a one-stop-shop for information and accreditation standards. As part of this process, the CAR and Gold Seal programs encouraged greater participation from ARA member automotive recycling facilities, seeking to increase the pool of those higher standards.

The CAR Gold Seal Accreditation Alliance collaborators have identified common standards among the programs, and also incorporated recycled part quality assurance standards and employee training programs, adopted from URG 8000. Each program brings its own value to the new program that once unified will only enhance the professionalism and reputation of the industry. The CAR and Gold Seal program certifies and audits for best management practices at four levels: Business Standards, Safety Standards, Environmental Stewardship Standards, Consumer Assurance Standards and Part Quality Assurance. The ARC code, developed in 2008 for Environment Canada, provides recyclers with the most relevant information and tools to prevent environmental hazards during and after the vehicle recycling process. URG 8000 standards were fashioned after the then ISO 8000 certification, with a focus on Quality, Training, Audits, and Performance.

The ARA University,, is designated as the recognized training arm of the CAR Gold Seal Accreditation Alliance. Furthermore, ARA and ARC reached an agreement to jointly fund the creation of a web-based administrative platform for the CAR Gold Seal Accreditation Alliance that will be supervised by the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA).

The CAR Gold Seal Accreditation Alliance will launch an Internet administrative platform that will be previewed at the Automotive Recyclers Association Annual Convention & Exposition, October 24-27, 2012, in Orlando, Florida. This online platform will allow for enrollment and tracking of the accreditation program and certification standards from the participant automotive recycling companies in the U.S., Canada, and around the world.

With the momentum generated from this historic agreement, ARA will actively seek to enroll automotive recyclers from around the world to join the CAR Gold Seal Accreditation Alliance through adoption of the united CAR Gold Seal certification standards.

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Since 1943 the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) has represented an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of “green” automotive parts, and the proper recycling of inoperable motor vehicles. ARA represents the interests of over 4,500 automotive recycling facilities in the United States and 14 other countries around the world. With programs such as the Certified Automotive Recycler Program (CAR) and other partnerships, ARA members continue to provide consumers with quality, low-cost alternatives for vehicle replacement parts while preserving our environment for a “greener” tomorrow.