Dec 08, 2011

NSF Intl. Earns Accreditation to Issue Brazilian INMETRO Seal of Conformity

Manufacturers can now seek INMETRO certification to help enter Brazilian marketplace

NSF Intl. announced it earned accreditation from Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) to test and certify drinking water treatment products and bottled water for the marketplace in Brazil.

Local producers in Brazil as well as manufacturers seeking to import drinking water treatment products into Brazil are required to obtain the INMETRO seal of conformity. In addition, the approval for bottled water certification from INMETRO provides verification that standards set by both Brazil and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are met along with NSF’s testing and certification requirements.

NSF’s new authorization to issue the INMETRO certification is part of the NSF Passport Program, which aims to help manufacturers gain global market access for water treatment, distribution and plumbing products. Other countries in which NSF can assist companies in obtaining drinking water product approvals include the U.K., China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Malaysia.

When selling products in a foreign market, manufacturers must be able to navigate that country’s regulatory requirements. INMETRO’s accreditation complements NSF’s existing global laboratory and product certification accreditations. Manufacturers can choose to work with NSF to certify their products for either the NSF approval or the INMETRO approval, or both.

“Drinking water manufacturers who are currently certified by NSF Intl. obtain an additional benefit by having a single point of contact to manage both the NSF and the INMETRO certifications, along with other international approvals,” said NSF Passport Program manager Laura Moorman.