The NSF Passport Program helps manufacturers gain global market access for water treatment, distribution and plumbing products

ANN ARBOR, Mich., USA & OAKDALE, Gwent, United Kingdom — NSF International, a global organization that writes public health standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, and consumer goods industries, has named Dr. Guy Franklin Managing Director of the recently launched NSF Passport Program, which helps companies gain global market access for water treatment, distribution and plumbing products.

Dr. Franklin has more than 15 years of experience in the global water distribution and treatment industry. As Managing Director of the NSF Passport Program, Dr. Franklin will help companies navigate the various regulatory, testing and certification requirements in each country to gain entry into new international markets. The NSF Passport™ program provides companies with a single point of contact and combines testing and auditing services, saving both time and reducing cost by managing multiple country approval projects from the initial application to final approval.

In addition to his new role, Dr. Franklin will continue as Managing Director of WRc-NSF, the UK's largest testing and calibration laboratory for water fittings and materials. Dr. Franklin will continue to oversee Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) approval applications as well as Thermostatic Mixing Valves (TMV) and Domestic Water Treatment Association (DWTA) approvals through WRc-NSF’s product certification arm, BuildCert. Jointly owned by NSF International and WRc plc., and  accredited for product certification by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), WRc-NSF has more than 75 years experience in water distribution and plumbing systems.

As a member of Standards Committees on the European, UK and industry level, Dr. Franklin applies his expertise in water hygiene and plumbing systems to improve water systems and standards throughout Europe. He has investigated water contamination problems in large systems (including water distribution networks, blocks of flats and hospitals), assessed the performance of new laboratory test methods and provided advice to the public on plumbing issues. He also authored the European Point-Of-Use Drinking Water Association training course. Today, this course is used to help maintain the highest standards of hygiene, safety and ethics within the European point-of-use drinking water industry.

“The NSF Passport Program has received tremendous support from the industry and from companies accessing new markets through achieving multiple country approvals. Dr. Franklin is well known and respected in the global water industry and his expertise in international standards and testing will help the NSF Passport program keep pace with the growing demand for this service worldwide,” said Pierre Sbabo, Vice President of NSF International’s Water Division.

Franklin earned a doctorate in chemical engineering, a master’s degree in chemical research and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Imperial College in London.  He is also a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a qualified UK Plumbing Regulations Inspector.

For additional information about the NSF Passport Program™, visit nsf.org/info/passport, download the brochure, call +1.734.827.6885 or email nsfpassport@nsf.org. You can also email europe@nsf.org, asia@nsf.org, brasil@nsf.org, and info@nsf.org.cn (China) for additional information.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with NSF Passport Program Managing Director Dr. Guy Franklin, contact Greta Houlahan at houlahan@nsf.org or 734-913-5723.

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that writes standards, tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF International’s Water Treatment Programs require extensive product testing and unannounced audits of production facilities to verify that water treatment products meet design, material, and performance requirements. NSF International has more than 50 years of experience developing national standards for water products that range from plumbing products and municipal water treatment and distribution components, to residential water treatment systems. NSF developed the American national public health standards for all chemicals used to treat drinking water and materials/products coming into contact with drinking water. In 1988, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) replaced its own drinking water programs with these NSF standards, which are now the national standards for drinking water treatment chemicals and system components.

Additional NSF services include sustainability services, consumer product testing and certification, management systems registrations, NSF Education and Training programs, safety audits for the food and water industries, organic certification and nutritional/dietary supplement certification.

CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
NSF International
Phone: 734-913-5723
Email: houlahan@nsf.org