All You Need to Know About NSF Certification

If you have seen the NSF Certified logo or assurance on water treatment products and filters, you may wonder what it’s all about. Many companies undergo NSF Certification to showcase their commitment to customer care and standards. The process involves strict procedures that include extensive material analysis and product testing before they can earn this very prestigious certification.  

Who is the NSF? 300x296px-165bc875_NSF-logo-300x296

The NSF or National Sanitation Foundation has a long history that dates back to 1944. It was established to create standards for the sanitation of luncheonette equipment and soda fountains, but this was extended further to other safety and public health standards. Today, the NSF is credited with developing over 80 safety and public health American National Standards.

NSF is an independent and accredited third party certification board. They test and certify a range of products to ensure that they meet the safety and public health standards. It is only after it has passed this rigorous testing a product is permitted to bear the NSF Certified mark.

This organization has collaborated with the World Health Organization and operates extensive laboratory space that services companies in over 150 countries around the world.  

The NSF Certification Standards: 

Certification from the NSF is ongoing, and manufacturing plants may even find that they receive an unannounced inspection to maintain their certification. The NSF regularly retests products to ensure that their strict public health standards are maintained. Should a product fail to meet any element of the NSF certification criteria, a recall will be issued, there will be a public notification, and in certain circumstances, the certification may be removed.

NSF both creates the standards and conducts testing. When the NSF tests products and verifies that they meet their standards, the manufacturer is permitted to use the NSF logo. While independent laboratories can test products using the NSF standards, a product certified from a lab outside of the NSF will be unable to use the NSF logo. In these scenarios, the company can say that their product was certified to the specific NSF standards, but are not permitted to use the official logo.  

Water Filtration and NSF Certification: 

In recent years, filtration and other water treatment methods have seen a massive increase in popularity. The NSF has become involved in certifying water treatment supplies, due to this boom. Their aim is to help address any potential concerns for the claims of safety and performance issued by manufacturers.

To be awarded NSF Certification, a water treatment system must be verified to live up to manufacturer claims. NSF testing will confirm that a device doesn’t add any harmful elements to the water, the contaminant reduction claims featured on product labels are accurate, and there is nothing about the advertising, literature or product labeling that is misleading. NSF provides testing for a variety of water treatment systems including point of use and whole house systems. 

If you are concerned about product claims and safety, you should speak to a fully WQA certified water treatment professional. This will not only ensure that your chosen device meets industry standards, but exceeds them.

About The Author, Terry Reeh, EcoWater Systems of Nebraska:

With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative. Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state.

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