ANN ARBOR, Mich. and RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — NSF International, a global independent organization that writes public health standards and certifies products for food, water and consumer goods, has earned accreditation from Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) to test and certify bottled water for the Brazilian marketplace. 

This approval from INMETRO provides verification that standards set by both Brasil and the U.S.  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are met along with NSF’s testing and certification requirements.   

The NSF Bottled Water Certification Program performs extensive product testing for over 160 chemicals, inorganic, radiological and microbiological contaminants. This extensive product testing, in addition to unannounced bottling facility audits, encompasses every aspect of the operation from water source to the filling room. The onsite audit verifies compliance with Codex Alimentarius guidelines for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and U.S. FDA requirements relating to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). NSF Certification also requires plant audits and periodic retesting to verify ongoing compliance.  If all of these requirements are met, certification is awarded.

"ABINAM, the Brasilian Association of Mineral Waters, has long recognized NSF product certification as the gold standard within the bottled water industry. Gaining accreditation by INMETRO ensures Brasilian consumers are protected and can have confidence in brands that have achieved NSF bottled water certification. We expect many more brands of bottled water in Brasil will apply for this distinction," said Carlos Lancia, General Manager of Ouro Fino (NSF Certified) and President of ABINAM.

"Bottled water manufacturers who are currently certified by NSF International obtain an additional benefit by having a single point of contact to manage both the NSF and the INMETRO certifications, along with other international approvals," said Chris Dunn, General Manager of NSF International’s Beverage Quality Certification Program. 

When selling products in a foreign market, manufacturers must be able to navigate that country’s regulatory requirements.  INMETRO’s accreditation complements NSF’s existing global laboratory and product certification accreditations and gives further recognition to the integrity of NSF International’s certification programs.  

To learn more about NSF’s bottled water/beverage services visit NSF’s bottled water and beverage webpage or contact the program at  +1-734-827-5684 or bq@nsf.org. You can also call NSF do Brasil at +55 (11) 2847 4972 or email brasil@nsf.org or contact europe@nsf.org, asia@nsf.org and info@nsf.org.cn for additional information.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with Chris Dunn, General Manager of NSF’s Bottled Water/Beverage Certification Program, contact Greta Houlahan at +1 734-913-5723 or houlahan@nsf.org.

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that writes standards and certifies products 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.

The NSF Beverages and Bottled Water Certification program conducts annual product testing and unannounced bottling facility audits that cover every aspect of a bottler's operation, from the source of the water through the disinfection and treatment process, including the container closure process.

Additional NSF services include sustainability services, NSF Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, organic certification, nutritional/dietary supplement certification and management systems registrations.