Australian WaterMark offered via NSF Passport Program™ which streamlines multiple country product approvals, reducing costs and time to market

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International, an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries, has certified Simon Co.’s HIM Safe polyethylene pipe and fittings to the Australian WaterMark Certification Scheme for plumbing, water treatment and distribution products. Simon Co.’s products are the first polyethylene pipe and fitting products to earn WaterMark certification from NSF International, and Simon Co. can now use the WaterMark logo on approved products and distribute to the Australian, Malaysian and New Zealand markets.

WaterMark certification is required for products to be legally installed in the water supply system in Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand. To earn WaterMark certification, Simon Co.’s pipe and fittings were submitted to an NSF laboratory and subjected to rigorous material safety, performance and structural integrity testing to the AS/NZS 4130 (polyethylene pipes for pressure applications) and AS/NZS 4129 (fittings for polyethylene pipes for pressure applications) standards.  NSF also conducted an audit of Simon Co.’s manufacturing facility to verify product formulations, supplier, and quality assurance/quality control records and that only authorized materials are used to manufacture the product.

“Our pipe and fitting certification to the WaterMark Scheme from NSF International helps us demonstrate excellent safety and quality levels and allows us to showcase our products in the Australian, Malaysian and New Zealand markets,” said Hyungchul Lee, Simon Co. Deputy General Manager.

“As the first polyethylene pipe and fittings manufacturer to earn WaterMark certification from NSF International, Simon Co. demonstrates its leadership in product quality and gains access to new opportunities in global markets,” said Clif McLellan, Vice President of NSF International’s Global Water Programs. “With nearly 70 years of experience testing and certifying water products, NSF International has the scientific expertise and capacity to provide test, audit and product certification services for companies seeking WaterMark certification.”

NSF International is the only U.S. certification body to earn JAS-ANZ (Joint Accreditation System of Australia & New Zealand) accreditation and offers certification to the WaterMark Certification Scheme as part of its NSF Passport Program™. The program helps companies achieve product certifications required in major and emerging global markets such as the UK, Australia, Brazil, China, Italy, France, Japan and many others.

Companies are assigned a single point of contact with the expertise to help navigate the regulatory, testing and certification requirements for drinking water treatment, distribution and plumbing products in various countries. As a result, companies are able to streamline multiple country approval projects from the initial application to final approval, which reduces testing costs and a product’s time to market.

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Companies seeking more information about the program can contact americas@nsf.org or visit NSF’s water programs Web page. 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 an NSF International Water Expert, contact Greta Houlahan media@nsf.org or +1 734-913-5723.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences 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. Operating in more than 150 countries, NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and has been collaborating with the World Health Organization since 1997 in water quality and safety, food safety and indoor environments.

NSF led the development of the American National Standards for all materials and products that treat or come in contact with drinking water. In 1990, the U.S. EPA replaced its own drinking water product advisory program with these NSF standards. Today, all major plumbing codes require certification to NSF standards for pipes and plumbing components in commercial and residential buildings. NSF International is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Additional NSF services include management systems registration through NSF-ISR; sustainability standards development, claims and product verification through NSF Sustainability; food safety and quality programs through the NSF Global Food Safety Division; and testing and certification programs for bottled water and beverages, dietary supplements and consumer product industries.