How Does the Brake Pad Law Affect Me?

Starting in 2014, you will be able to see marking on the product to show that the material meets cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury or asbestos restrictions. The manufacturer is required by law to have their brake friction material certified by a testing certification agency (a.k.a., registrar). To date, NSF International is the only registrar identified by the industry. Click here to view a list of certified brake friction material formulations.


For questions regarding the California Brake Pad law, please contact either Melissa Salinas (, 916-322-7636) or Suzanne Davis (, 916-327-4206).

For questions regarding the Washington State Better Brakes law, please contact Ian Wesley (, 360-407-6747).