November 2011

Steps to Beverage Quality Certification

The NSF Bottled Water and Packaged Beverage Certification Program empowers bottlers from around the world to convey their compelling story of safety and quality to retailers, competitors, regulators and, most importantly, consumers.

NSF's Beverage Quality Certification Program provides annual, unannounced plant inspections covering every aspect of a bottler's operation, from the source of the water, through the disinfection and treatment process, and including the container closure process. As part of the certification process, NSF also performs extensive product testing for over 160 chemicals, inorganic, radiological, and microbiological contaminants to ensure compliance with NSF Certification requirements and audited to ensure its facilities meet Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) requirements. Manufacturers who reach compliance will bear the NSF Certification Mark on its label. Ongoing testing and annual unannounced audits ensure continued compliance and allow continuous use of the NSF Mark.