- Benefits of Certification
- Why Work With NSF?
- Approvals and Certifications
NSF helps you gain access to new global markets and simplify international product acceptance. The program helps manufacturers of water treatment, distribution, plumbing and residential water filtration products meet multiple strict and complex requirements to sell and compete in major and emerging global markets.
With nearly 70 years of experience working with manufacturers and national, state and provincial regulatory agencies, NSF is your single-stop resource for global market access.
Manufacturers all over the world trust NSF, the respected independent testing and certification organization, to provide the approvals needed to leverage new global opportunities. Wherever you need to go, we can get you there.
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Benefits of Certification
NSF provides companies with a single point of contact to help navigate the various regulatory, testing and certification requirements for drinking water treatment, distribution and plumbing products in various countries. By doing so, we are able to streamline multiple country approval projects from the initial application to final approval, which reduces testing costs and a product’s time to market.
We can help your company achieve product certifications required in major and emerging global markets such as:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- United Kingdom
- United States
Why Work With NSF?With more than 65 years experience working with manufacturers and national, state and provincial regulatory agencies, NSF is well-versed in navigating global market access. Manufacturers all over the world trust NSF, the respected independent testing and certification organization, to provide the approvals needed to leverage new global opportunities.
Approvals and Certifications
To help ensure regulatory compliance in global markets, NSF provides various international approvals and certifications that are required to sell water fittings, plumbing products, water filters and other drinking water contact products into international markets.
NSF tests products for compliance to BS6920, a British standard that ensures the suitability of non-metallic products for use in contact with water intended for human consumption. BS6920 sets out a number of test methods by testing odor and flavor of water in contact with the material, appearance of water, growth of aquatic micro-organisms on the material, extraction of substances that may be of concern to public health and extraction of metals. This is also required for WRAS approval.
In England and Wales, Regulation 31 of The Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2000 ensures that water suppliers, when producing and distributing drinking water, only use products and substances that do not cause any detrimental effects on the safety or quality of the drinking water. We can provide assistance and expert knowledge with both the application process as well as conducting testing to accredited standard as specified by the DWI (Drinking Water Inspectorate) to meet the stringent requirements of Regulation 31.
NSF offers third-party testing of fittings to meet the requirements of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, the Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014, and the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009. After our testing is complete, we send the test reports to the WRAS agency, which will provide the approval. This approval requires that a water fitting should not cause waste, misuse, undue consumption or contamination to the water supply and must be of an appropriate quality and standard. Non-metallic materials that contact water are also required to comply with BS6920.
NSF provides testing for compliance with Attestation De Conformite Sanitaire (ACS). The French regulations in effect (French order of 29 May 1997) provide for the laboratory assessment of products and materials in contact with drinking water so as to check that they are not capable of modifying the organoleptic, physico-chemical and microbiological properties of water.
For manufacturers who wish to sell drinking water treatment devices or bottled water into Brazil, NSF offers a single point of testing and certification. NSF received accreditation by Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) to offer the INMETRO seal of conformity for these products. Working with NSF, manufacturers can be assured that these products will be accepted into the Brazilian marketplace.
NSF has ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for testing to many AS/NZS standards that are required for achieving the Australian WaterMark, which is mandatory for plumbing and water treatment products sold in Australia and New Zealand. The WaterMark certification scheme includes material safety and performance testing as well as an audit of the manufacturing facility or facilities. NSF provides testing services for WaterMark, and our partner in Australia, Global Mark, provides the WaterMark certification.
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