NSF International, an independent global organisation that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries, has certified Simon Co.’s HIM Safe polyethylene pipe and fittings to the Australian WaterMark Certification Scheme for plumbing, water treatment and distribution products. Simon Co.’s products are the first polyethylene pipe and fitting products to earn WaterMark certification from NSF International, and Simon Co. can now use the WaterMark logo on approved products and distribute to the Australian, Malaysian and New Zealand markets.
WaterMark certification is required for products to be legally installed in the water supply system in Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand. To earn WaterMark certification, Simon Co.’s pipe and fittings were submitted to an NSF laboratory and subjected to rigorous material safety, performance and structural integrity testing to the AS/NZS 4130 (polyethylene pipes for pressure applications) and AS/NZS 4129 (fittings for polyethylene pipes for pressure applications) standards. NSF also conducted an audit of Simon Co.’s manufacturing facility to verify product formulations, supplier, and quality assurance/quality control records and that only authorized materials are used to manufacture the product.
Simon Co. deputy general manager Hyungchul Lee said, "Our pipe and fitting certification to the WaterMark Scheme from NSF International helps us demonstrate excellent safety and quality levels and allows us to showcase our products in the Australian, Malaysian and New Zealand markets."
NSF International’s Global Water Programs.vice-president Clif McLellan said, "As the first polyethylene pipe and fittings manufacturer to earn WaterMark certification from NSF International, Simon Co. demonstrates its leadership in product quality and gains access to new opportunities in global markets.
"With nearly 70 years of experience testing and certifying water products, NSF International has the scientific expertise and capacity to provide test, audit and product certification services for companies seeking WaterMark certification."
NSF International is the only US certification body to earn JAS-ANZ (Joint Accreditation System of Australia & New Zealand) accreditation and offers certification to the WaterMark Certification Scheme as part of its NSF Passport Program™. The programme helps companies achieve product certifications required in major and emerging global markets such as the UK, Australia, Brazil, China, Italy, France, Japan and many others.
Companies are assigned a single point of contact with the expertise to help navigate the regulatory, testing and certification requirements for drinking water treatment, distribution and plumbing products in various countries. As a result, companies are 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.