Jul 27, 2012

NSF Intl. Offers New Quality Registration for Italian Companies

Fratelli Pettinaroli first to earn the new NSF registration

NSF Intl.
NSF OQC Registration certificate

NSF Intl. has launched a new Origine Qualità Controllata (OQC) quality-controlled/certified origin and product registration program to verify and attest to the quality and origin of products produced in Italy via documentation review and facility audits.

As the third-party administrator of the new program, NSF will verify that a product complies with OQC guidelines by reviewing quality material safety and performance documentation and performing annual audits of the facility in which the product is made. Manufacturers based in Italy will be able to confirm production location and demonstrate the safety and quality of their products.

Product categories covered by the OQC product registration program include materials or products that come into contact with drinking water, such as mechanical devices used in treatment/transmission/distribution systems, pipes and related products, and mechanical plumbing devices.

In addition to annual facility audits and requiring proof that the product was made in Italy, the new program requires validated third-party test reports to demonstrate compliance with NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components -- Health Effects or other international certifications. Products that comply with these requirements will bear the OQC registration mark.

Many manufacturers have met the requirements of the OQC registration program, including the first to be registered, Fratelli Pettinaroli. These companies appear in NSF’s online listings.

“In addition to providing consumers added assurance regarding the safety of their products, the OQC mark program enables Italian manufacturers to demonstrate [the] high quality of their products and confirm production location based in Italy,” said NSF EMEA Managing Director Tarik Bellahcene. “The OQC registration program fits well with NSF Intl.’s mission of improving and protecting public health on a global scale.”