NSF International is offering US foodservice manufacturers targeting the UK market a new pathway to ensure their products comply with local water regulations.
The company has introduced NSF REG4, an independent certification programme that enables manufacturers of plumbing products and materials to demonstrate compliance with the UK’s Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations of 1999.
It also applies to equivalent water regulations in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
NSF REG4 certifies mechanical products and non-metallic materials that are in contact with drinking water, including those associated with foodservice products such as pipes and fittings, rubbers, coatings, and sealants.
Tarik Bellahcene, managing director of Water Programs, EMEA at NSF International, said: “NSF REG4 certification is the new reference scheme for the UK market. Just like in many other parts of the world, manufacturers must comply with country-specific regulations to sell their products.
“NSF’s expertise in the water industry has allowed us to work in total transparency with the UK water industry, regulators and trade associations to develop the NSF REG4 certification scheme that enables a route to compliance.”
The certification program offers several benefits and creates value for manufacturers looking to introduce or sell products in the UK, including an audit-based program to verify compliance and sustain quality products through better control of the supply chain.
As part of the certification process, production facilities undergo annual audits to review processes and systems based on the NSF REG4 certification requirements.
NSF says that it can specify testing without waiting weeks for WRAS review.
Its independent certification decision immediately following product testing allows manufacturers to see shorter timeframes for product listing and market access.