North American Code Requirements for Plumbing Products

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Certification Process

Whether you manufacture valves, faucets, copper tubing, sinks, thermostatic mixing valves, backflow preventers, toilets, septic tanks, showers or practically any other type of plumbing product, NSF provides the testing and certifications you need to gain product acceptance and code compliance across North America.

We test and certify to much more than our two flagship industry standards, NSF/ANSI Standard 14 for plastic piping systems and components and NSF/ANSI Standard 61 for drinking water system components. Our in-house laboratory is equipped and accredited to test to virtually all plumbing industry standards, including ASME, ASSE, ASTM, CSA and IAPMO. Once in the marketplace, all NSF-certified products are widely accepted by plumbing inspectors and code officials across North America. NSF issues the U.P. Code mark or cNSF mark upon certification.

Benefits of Certification

NSF certification ensures your product meets regulatory requirements for plumbing products across North America. Additionally, we can use your test data to certify your product to other industry standards, such as ASME, ASSE, AWWA, CSA, IAPMO, ISO and UL among others.

Why Work With NSF?

The NSF mark, well respected by public health officials and drinking water utilities, is recognized as a symbol of product quality and integrity. Our responsive, personalized service quickly guides your products through the certification process, ensuring that they get to market on time and on budget. We offer product bracketing services wherever possible to help keep costs down, and provide pricing up front so there are no hidden surprises down the road.

NSF, a designated Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS), Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and American National Standard Institute (ANSI).

NSF listings satisfy the requirements of the Canadian National Plumbing Code, U.S. model codes and the Uniform Plumbing Code® (UPC).

Certification Process

While our product evaluations are thorough, our process is simple and efficient. Your NSF project manager guides your project through our streamlined, efficient certification process from application to approval.

  1. Your company submits an application.
  2. Your company and suppliers provide formulation, design specifications and product end use information.
  3. We review formulation and engineering specifications.
  4. We perform a plant audit and sample collection.
  5. We conduct laboratory testing.
  6. We grant certification for compliant products.
  7. Our follow-up program includes unannounced inspections and annual testing.

Our experts can help you reduce your overall costs and expedite your time to market by bundling services and reducing the number of contracted service providers and facility audits.

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