The program will aid populations with limited capacity to subject manufacturers to product testing
The World Health Organization (WHO) will soon begin validating household water treatment products for use around the globe. WHO unveiled its International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies . The program is intended to aid populations in developing countries with limited capacity to subject manufacturers to rigorous, independent evaluations of product performance.
Under this fee-based program, manufacturers and products certified under the International Scheme will be listed as such on the WHO website. No certification mark will be issued, and the company will be prohibited from using the WHO name or logo in any manner.
WHO is currently gathering a list of companies wishing to participate in its first round of product testing. To join this list, a product manufacturer must complete the Expression of Interest Form and remit it to WHO on or before Monday, March 10.
Presently only two laboratories — U.S.-based NSF Intl. and Netherlands-based KWR Watercycle Research Institute — are permitted to perform testing for WHO.