As part of the new NSF Passport Program,™ designed to help manufacturers obtain global market approvals for plumbing and water treatment products, manufacturers can obtain certification and testing for the Australian WaterMark
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (November 17, 2011) – NSF International, an independent global organization that certifies products and writes public health standards for food, water and consumer goods, has earned accreditation from JAS-ANZ (Joint Accreditation System for Australia and New Zealand) to issue the Australian WaterMark, required on plumbing and water treatment products sold in those countries. With this approval, NSF now adds more countries to the recently launched NSF Passport Program: Your Access to Global Market Approvals™.
As a result of this new accreditation, NSF International certifies plumbing and water treatment products to the Australian WaterMark Certification Scheme. The WaterMark certification includes material safety and performance testing as well as an audit of the manufacturing facility(s).
Approval to issue the Australian WaterMark is part of the new NSF Passport Program, which helps companies obtain global market approvals for products in contact with drinking water such as faucets, pipes, flexible connectors, mechanical fittings and drinking water treatment products. Plumbing and drinking water manufacturers can now obtain testing and certification from NSF International that meets both NSF and WaterMark certification requirements simultaneously.
In addition, manufacturers seeking compliance in other countries can obtain multiple certifications from NSF International as part of a complete suite of global testing and certification services. A sampling of other approvals by NSF includes but is not limited to: the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Malaysia.
“With over 50 years of experience testing and certifying water products, NSF International is the only approved WaterMark certifier with the scientific expertise and capacity to provide all testing, auditing and product certification services,” said Laura Moorman, Manager of the NSF Passport Program. “In addition to providing a single point of contact to manage all certifications, manufacturers can save time and cost undergoing multiple certifications simultaneously.”
“Manufacturers of water treatment, distribution and plumbing products must meet multiple rigid and complex regulatory requirements to sell and compete in major markets, and these requirements can vary between countries and certification types,” said Pierre Sbabo, Vice President of NSF International Water Programs. “The NSF Passport Program™ helps manufacturers access top and key emerging markets for water products, and customers can work with a local NSF International project manager, in their local language and time zone, through NSF’s global network of offices.”
Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with Laura Moorman, Manager of NSF International’s Passport Program, contact Greta Houlahan at +1 734-913-5723 or email@example.com.
About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
NSF International’s Water Programs require extensive product testing and unannounced audits of production facilities to verify that water treatment products meet the design, material, and performance requirements. NSF also developed the American national public health standards for materials/products coming into contact with drinking water and chemicals used to treat drinking water. NSF International is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The NSF Passport Program: Your Access to Global Market Approvals™ helps companies achieve product certifications required in major and emerging global markets and manages the complex approval process, helping companies navigate the various regulatory, testing and certification requirements to gain entry into new international markets. NSF Passport™ provides a single point of contact and combines testing and auditing services, saving both time and reducing cost by managing multiple country approval projects from the initial application to final approval.
Additional NSF services include sustainability services, NSF Education and Training programs, safety audits for the food and water industries, organic certification, nutritional/dietary supplement certification, and management systems registrations.