'Matching quality' debate sparked at forum

Discussion over quality of aftermarket parts at IAAF conference

Published:  06 December, 2012

A DEBATE has been raging on the floor at the IAAF conference this afternoon.

Brian Spratt, the Federation's chairman raised the topic of what constitutes matching quality - and was met with a divergence of views from delegates on the floor.

Speaking about who should be allowed to use the term 'matching quality' and what tests the products should undergo, Sprat remarked; "I like the phrase 'I'm in the motor trade, so you can trust me' - but I don't hear it very often." He furthered that perhaps it should be a good plan to police members of the Federation, and that any member that didn't make the grade should be left to 'wither on the vine'.

However his comments provoked a variety of reactions from the audience. "It's very difficult, if not impossible to get filtration products tested" one delegate observed while another remarked that manufacturer traceability was the real issue, saying; "There are parts coming into the market that are cheap and low quality - there are wishbones in the market that have no maker's mark, meaning they are practically untraceable "

Another pointed out: "You are six or seven years too late - companies are using the matching quality claim - and there is no-one policing it".

IAAF President Nick Best concluded: "We have talked about the phrase 'matching quality' but it seems that some parts are simply not fit for purpose. It they are not then [Federation members] have got to be brave enough to name and shame suppliers.

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