Fratelli Pettinaroli first to earn NSF OQC registration

ANN ARBOR, Mich., USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; and BORGOMANERO, Italy — NSF International, an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries, has launched a new OQC (Origine Qualità Controllata – controlled/certified origin and quality) Product Registration Program to verify and attest to the quality and origin of products produced in Italy via documentation review and facility audits.

As the third-party administrator of the new program, NSF International will verify that a product complies with OQC Guidelines by reviewing quality material safety and performance documentation and performing annual audits of the facility in which the product is made. Manufacturers based in Italy will be able to confirm production location and demonstrate the safety and quality of their products.

Product categories covered by OQC Product Registration Program include: materials or products that come into contact with drinking water such as mechanical devices used in treatment/transmission/distribution systems, pipes and related products, and mechanical plumbing devices.

In addition to annual facility audits and requiring proof that the product was made in Italy, the new OQC Product Registration Program requires validated third-party test reports to demonstrate compliance with NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components -- Health Effects or other international certifications. Products that comply with these requirements will bear the OQC registration mark.

Many manufacturers have met the requirements of the OQC Registration program including the first to be registered Fratelli Pettinaroli. These companies appear in NSF’s online listings.

“This noteworthy OQC Registration Program is tangible proof of the effort, the care and the passion all of us, at every level of our international Group, have put forth to be state-of-the-art in our sector of activity. Moreover, the bestowal of the OQC label sets the seal on a long-lasting and continuous collaboration between our Group and NSF International, one of the most prestigious certification and standard-setting organizations worldwide,” said Mr. Ugo Pettinaroli, CEO of Fratelli Pettinaroli.

“In addition to providing consumers added assurance regarding the safety of their products, the OQC Mark program enables Italian manufacturers to demonstrate high quality of their products and confirm production location based in Italy,” said NSF International EMEA Managing Director Tarik Bellahcene. “The OQC Registration program fits well with NSF International’s mission of improving and protecting public health on a global scale.”

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries 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 International is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

NSF led the development of the American National Standards for all materials and products that treat or come in contact with drinking water. In 1990, the U.S. EPA replaced its own drinking water product advisory program with these NSF standards. Today, all major plumbing codes require certification to NSF standards for pipes and plumbing components in commercial and residential buildings.

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