FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2010
CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
The Most Trusted Name in Pool and Spa Safety Since 1960
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International is pleased to announce that its Recreational Water Certification Program is celebrating 50 years of service, offering testing and certification solutions to help the public swim safer.
NSF International’s Recreational Water Certification Program tests, inspects and certifies products for recreational water use, such as water circulation, filtration and treatment of residential and public swimming pools, spas, hot tubs and water parks. The certification program helps address the safety needs and concerns of consumers, public health officials, and product manufacturers.
In 1960, four public health associations asked NSF International to develop uniform, nationally acceptable public health and performance standards for swimming pool equipment, supplies, and chemicals. These associations include: American Public Health Association (APHA), the Conference of Municipal Public Health Engineers, Conference of State Sanitary Engineers and The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP).
This request led to the formation of the NSF Joint Committee on Recreational Water Facilities. The group of federal and state public health authorities, manufacturers and equipment users developed a comprehensive and consensus-based American National Standard: NSF/ANSI Standard 50-Equipment for Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and Other Recreational Water Facilities. As a mainstay of the pool and spa industry, the American National Standard contains requirements for an array of products including:
“NSF/ANSI Standard 50 continues to evolve to address new technologies with comprehensive evaluation criteria to verify product durability, functionality, performance, efficacy, health and safety,” said Bob Ferguson, Vice President, NSF International’s Water Programs. “Swimming pools, spas and recreational water facilities are great places for fun, exercise and family recreation and NSF is committed to continually improving pool and spa safety through standards development, testing, certification and inspection."
NSF’s stringent evaluation process certifies that products comply with the latest national safety standards to assure consumers and recreational water facility operators that these products are safer and more effective. NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for standards development, product testing, and product certification for the recreational water, pool and spa industries.
Carvin DiGiovanni, APSP’s Senior Director of Technical and Standards said, “NSF International has extensive experience and technical expertise in research, testing, auditing, standards and certification, and we look forward to working with NSF International for another 50 years to further increase quality, improve safety, and enhance swimmer enjoyment.”
“As a former Olympic gold medalist swimmer and lifelong proponent of pool and spa safety, I admire the vast contributions that NSF has made to this industry,” said Adolph Kiefer, Founder of Adolph Kiefer and Associates, Inc. and Member of the NSF Advisory Committee on Recreational Water Facilities. “I remember during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta when the pools’ sand filters did not have NSF certified filtration media so I stepped in and personally donated NSF certified equipment to ensure safer swimming.”
For a complete list of products and equipment that has been certified by NSF International’s Recreational Water Certification Program, visit http://www.nsf.org/Certified/Pools.
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. NSF tests and certifies products used in pools, spas and recreational facilities including filters, chemical generators, pumps, drains, skimmers and many other products. NSF also provides free pool safety tips for consumers, which can be viewed here.
Additional services include Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, dietary and nutritional supplement certification, management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 14001) delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations.