The Automotive Recyclers Association Initiates ISO 9001 Educational Research Project

CONTACT: Ginny Whelan                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428                                                Date: October 1, 2012
Automotive Recyclers Association Initiates
ISO 9001 Educational Research Project

Manassas, VA -- The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) today announced a bold initiative to develop a process through which its CAR and Gold Seal members could achieve ISO 9001 certification. Since 1996, the ARA CAR and Gold Seal certification programs have represented the professional automotive recycling industry’s highest level of accreditation. Several top CAR/Gold Seal facilities will participate in this first ever pilot program that will quantify the cost and effort necessary for CAR/Gold Seal members to secure and maintain ISO 9001 certification.
The International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 9001 certification demonstrates a company's compliance with a set of guidelines that outline a philosophy of quality management for businesses. This philosophy results in optimal products and/or services - which in turn results in high levels of customer satisfaction. With the introduction of ISO 9001:2008 several years ago, small businesses now have a more economic and plausible avenue to meet ISO certification requirements. ARA CEO Michael E. Wilson believes the quality recycled parts market could capture substantial growth in the collision, mechanical and do-it-yourself markets with an enhanced product assurance program. Wilson says, “The sophistication of today’s vehicles necessitates that professional automotive recyclers elevate their product quality and procedures to successfully compete in today’s market.”

Under the direction of senior consultant Ginny Whelan, ARA’s educational research pilot will provide comprehensive assistance and analysis to participating CAR/Gold Seal members on the most economic and efficient pathway to ISO 9001 accreditation. With information obtained from the pilot, ARA will then develop a broad automotive recycling model for securing ISO 9001 accreditation which can serve as a road map for professional automotive recyclers during the application process. According to Whelan, “achieving ISO 9001 certification does not need to be complicated or expensive”. No-nonsense, step-by-step instructions and guides, easy-to-customize documentation templates/forms and convenient online training using a secured cloud shared data platform will be used and Whelan notes that "ARA will be able to determine the best methodology by which CAR /Gold Seal facilities can attain ISO 9001 certification."

For almost 70 years, 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 members provide consumers with quality, environmentally friendly, low-cost alternatives for vehicle replacement parts. Today, ARA represents the interests of over 4,500 auto recycling facilities in the United States and fourteen other countries around the world. For more information on green recycled parts, please visit


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