Jul 12, 2012

California Third-Party Certification Bill Faces Challenge

Bill caught in political wrangling, but passage is still possible

According to the Water Quality Assn. (WQA), the effort to move California from state certification of products to third-party certification has hit some barriers, but it may still pass in the coming weeks.   

In May, the legislative subcommittee responsible for the proposal blocked its passage despite support from the governor and California's Department of Public Health. 

The industry continues to work with legislators and policymakers to help this bill pass and get the state of California out of the product registration business.

The legislature meets through the end of August and could still pass the bill; however, even if passed, it would not take effect until next year due to California’s lawmaking process.

If passed, the bill would eliminate the requirement that California register treatment devices in the state. The certification responsibility would go to third-party testing agencies such as WQA.

For products currently being sold in California, this means:

  • Until the legislative process is complete, the product registration process remains intact as specified by current law, which requires residential water treatment products making health claims to be registered by the California Department of Public Health;
  • Companies can continue to use third-party product certification agreements from WQA or other state-approved certification bodies, or submit test data from state-approved performance testing labs for product certification;
  • This effort does not affect the regulatory process for products currently certified for low lead content (NSF/ANSI 372), chemical additives (NSF/ANSI 60) or plumbing components (NSF/ANSI 61); and
  • The eventual outcome of this bill - passage or defeat - will not affect WQA's ability to certify products in the state with its Gold Seal program.