January 2017

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NSF/ANSI 61: Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects

As part of our public health mission, we’re making the 2016 version of the NSF/ANSI 61 standard available for educational purposes.
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NSF/ANSI 61: Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects is an American National Standard that establishes minimum health-effects requirements for the chemical contaminants and impurities that are indirectly imparted to drinking water from products, components and materials used in drinking water systems. This standard does not establish performance, taste and odor, or microbial growth support requirements for drinking water system products, components or materials.

NSF/ANSI 61 is intended to cover specific materials or products that come into contact with drinking water, drinking water treatment chemicals or both. The products and materials covered by the scope of this standard include but aren’t limited to:

  • Protective barrier materials (cements, paints, coatings)
  • Joining and sealing materials (gaskets, adhesives, lubricants)
  • Mechanical devices, including treatment products (water meters, valves, filters)
  • Pipes and related products (pipes, hoses, fittings)
  • Plumbing devices (faucets, drinking fountains)
  • Process media (filter media, ion exchange resins)
  • Nonmetallic potable water materials

The standard is routinely monitored and updated by a joint committee comprised of equal parts public health experts, end users and industry members. Click the link below to view the 2016 edition of this standard in full for free. The newest edition of the standard, which includes any updates since the 2016 edition, is available for purchase at the NSF Standards Store.

Members of the regulatory or public health community can receive free copies of the standard by contacting our regulatory affairs team.