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PAS777 - is this the future for green parts standards?

engine for export
BSI lay the foundations for a standard for used engines which will hopefully extend to other driveline components, but is there a better alternative?
The bare bones of the standard for used engines (and hopefully other major drivetrain components) has now been set out following a meeting of interested parties last month. We have long been shouting about the need for standards for used parts and this is a step in the right direction.

There are a few points we must be aware of here. As we mentioned in a previous article, the push for this standard for used engines has come from a Japanese company that recognises the need for a standard that can be internationally traded. This may seem surprising, but in the the global market we find ourselves in, standards that are recognised anywhere allow us to sell and buy under a ’common language’.

According to the BSI’s document, “this process has therefore created a specification for the qualification and labelling of used automotive engines that can help to establish confidence in the international trading of used automotive engines by ensuring that the provenance provided with each engine is sufficient and reliable. PAS 777 does not provide a method for specifying the quality of any particular used engine. It does however provide for information to be made available with each engine that will permit judgements as to engine quality to be reliably made.”

As you would expect, the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association are involved with the committee to develop this standard and are very keen for it to not only cover engines, but extend to other drive-line components.

This standard is still in its early days and the job is to develop methods to easily and effectively indicate the engine's particular data that would give the buyer the knowledge to make an informed judgement on a particular engine. We need to bear in mind that the standard is not for a particular engine but for the qualification (and labelling) of that engine. As previously stated, it is hoped that this will extend to other key components.

Here at atfPro we are very keen to see the development of this standard as we believe that the green parts market for trade and insurance repairs cannot blossom whilst there is no standard. That doesn’t mean to say we don’t have any misgivings. Our first concern is the focus on engines. Even if extended to transmissions, this would still be long way short of satisfying the supply of parts to the trade markets.

Secondly, what will be the cost? I know small businesses in other sectors have found the cost of accreditation to standards can make the whole process uneconomic and that leaves the standard unusable, no matter how well intentioned or effective it could be. After all, a standard is only works effectively if the industry adopts it wholeheartedly.

There are alternatives. The American dismantlers for example have been working to a set of standards for all green parts for many years. Their standards have been developed with other interested bodies over a number of years and are accepted by trade users and insurers. The MVDA would do well to look closely at their system and see whether the UK vehicle dismantler could adopt something similar.

Developing such a comprehensive system costs money and it is one of the main reasons we feel all professional dismantlers should be members of MVDA (costs less than a tenner a week) as we won’t open up the huge potential of trade and insurance sales unless we work together. The way we see it, that’s not a bad opportunity for a tenner a week! Click here if you would like to know more about the MVDA.

June 2013

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