Jan 17, 2013

NSF Issues First Australian WaterMark Certification

NSF Intl. certified 3M’s commercial food service filtration systems

NSF International 3M Certification Australia

NSF Intl. has certified 3M’s commercial food service filtration systems to the Australian WaterMark Certification Scheme for plumbing, water treatment and distribution products. 3M’s commercial food service filtration systems are the first to earn this certification from NSF, enabling it to distribute its product to the Australian market.

WaterMark certification is required for products to be legally installed in the water supply system in Australia and New Zealand. To earn WaterMark certification, 3M’s commercial food service filtration systems were subject to rigorous material safety, performance and structural integrity testing. NSF auditors also conducted an audit of 3M’s manufacturing facility to verify product formulations, suppliers and quality assurance/quality control records, and to assure that only authorized materials were used to manufacture the product.

“With nearly 70 years of experience testing and certifying water products, NSF Intl. is the only approved WaterMark certifier with the scientific expertise and capacity to provide all testing, auditing and product certification services in the U.S.,” said Clif McLellan, vice president of NSF Water Programs. “As the first to earn WaterMark certification from NSF Intl., 3M is demonstrating their global leadership in product quality and opening up new opportunities in Australia and New Zealand.”

NSF is the only U.S. certification body to earn Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand accreditation, and it offers certification to the WaterMark Certification Scheme as part of its Passport Program. NSF began offering this program in 2011 to help companies achieve product certifications required in major and emerging global markets such as the U.K., Australia, Brazil, China, Italy, France, Japan and many others. The Passport Program provides companies with a single point of contact to help navigate the various regulatory, testing and certification requirements for drinking water treatment, distribution and plumbing products in various countries. By doing so, NSF is 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.