NSF Certifications

NSF

If you manufacture, distribute, or use  valves for potable water or food processing.  You will most likely have come across the acronym NSF who confirms and certifies.  Also, a valve that does not clearly have a NSF Certifications ratings should not be used for distributing.  In addition, Especially potable water or in food processing.

Passing NSF Certifications?

Above all, using a valve that isn’t certified when you have an application that calls for a NSF Certifications.   This is not a good approach and will not pass state and federal inspections, and is simply against the law.

What is NSF Certifications?

NSF stands for the  National Sanitation Foundation.  When a valve, fitting, or pipe is NSF certified, it meets or exceeds particular standards.  These Standards are  enforced by state and federal laws.  Not all NSF standards pertain to food or water.  

NSF Certification Standards? 

There are numerous standards for a variety of medias.  Many relate to commercial and residential plumbing.  Others are for pharmaceutical safety, etc.

The point is, if the valve you want to purchase and use in your application does not carry an NSF certifications.   Furthermore, if the applications requires one, you should contact a valve expert before installation.

Safety and Protection

It’s all about safety and protecting yourself from possible liability and suit.  An inspection that fails to identify NSF certified valves in place, where they should be could be very costly.  In addition, this can be very devastating to a business or municipality depending on how many valves.  Also, It will depend on other line components would have to be immediately replaced.

Identifying NSF Certifications

Most manufactures will have the NSF seal of approval on their submittal sheets or specification sheets to inform you upfront as to whether or not a valve is NSF certified.   Furthermore, some will list valves as being certified. While others will let you know which valves are not certified.

In conclusion, if NSF certifications isn’t mentioned on the manufacturer data sheet, it’s best to contact them directly.  Also, In addition, since there are so many different reasons for a product to be NSF certified, the acronym NSF may be followed by a series of numbers specifying its specific media certification.

For instance, a marking of  NSF-61, or NSF/ANSI 61, indicates the valve or other related product has been approved for a potable water application.

NSF Certifications Chart


Product/System CategoryRelevant Standards, Protocols & Systems
Automotive
Automotive Collision Repair Shop Certification ProgramNSF P458
Automotive Parts Certification ProgramNSF P367, P368, P369, P370, P371, P377, P379
Automotive Parts Distributor Certification ProgramNSF P394
Friction Material ProgramSAE J2975
Building Products and Interiors
Electrical SafetyANSI/UL 48, 197, 651, 763, CSA C22.2 No. 109, 211.2, NEMA TC2, UL 1795
Fire Safety ProductsNSF/ANSI 14, ASTM, UL
Gas Distribution ProductsNSF/ANSI 14, ASTM D2513, CSA B137.4
Consumer and Retail Products
Cosmetics Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
Home Product CertificationNSF P386, P387, P388, P389, P390, P400, P402, P403, P405, P406, P407, P408, P412
Kitchen ProductsNSF/ANSI 184, NSF P152, P156, P180, P203, P205, P224, P235
Water FiltersNSF/ANSI 42, 44, 53, 55, 58, 62, 177, NSF P231, P473, P477, NSF/JWPA P72, CSA B483.1, INMETRO ABNT/NBR 14908
Dietary Supplements
Athletic Banned Substances ProgramNSF Certification Guideline 306
Dietary SupplementsNSF/ANSI 173
Functional Food and Beverages NSF Certification Guideline 229
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
Food Safety and Quality
Bottled Waters and Beverages
Commercial Food EquipmentNSF/ANSI 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 18, 20, 21, 25, 29, 35, 36, 37, 51, 52, 59, 169, NSF P149, P155
Consumer Values Verified Certifications Gluten-Free, Non-GMO True North
HACCP Compliance Verification
Hygienically Clean NaperyNSF P413
ISO 21469 Certified Lubricants
Meat and Poultry Processing Equipment NSF/ANSI/3-A 14159-1, 14159-3
Nonfood Compounds – White Book™
Organic and Specialty CertificationsQAI Organic Foods, NSF/ANSI 305 Organic Personal Care Products
Processed Foods and BeveragesNSF Certification Guideline 227
Laboratory Equipment and Related Services
Biosafety CabinetryNSF/ANSI 49
Class II Biosafety Cabinet Field Certifiers
Management Systems
Management Systems RegistrationNSF-ISR Registrations for Quality Management Systems, Also, Environmental Health and Safety Management Systems,  Finally, Information Security Management
Sustainability and Environment
Sustainability and Environmental ProgramsSustainable Product Certification, Sustainable Service Certification, Landfill-Free and Other Claims Verifications
Water and Wastewater
Bottled Waters and Beverages
Drinking Water System ComponentsNSF/ANSI 61
Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals NSF/ANSI 60
Drinking Water Treatment Units NSF/ANSI 42, 44, 53, 55, 58, 62, 177, 401, NSF P231, P473, P477, NSF/JWPA P72, CSA B483.1, INMETRO ABNT/NBR 16098
Fabricated Ductile Iron PipeAWWA C115, C606
Lead Content Certification NSF/ANSI 372
Onsite Wastewater Inspectors
OQC RegistrationOrigine e Qualità Controllata
Plumbing System ComponentsNSF/ANSI 14, 24, 358, NSF P374, ASTM, ASME, CSA, IAPMO, ASSE, AWWA
Public Drinking Water Equipment PerformanceNSF/ANSI 419
Recreational Water Facility Products NSF/ANSI 50, APSP, ASME, ASTM, IAPMO
Wastewater Treatment Units NSF/ANSI 40, 41, 46, 245, 350, P157, CAN/BNQ 3680-600, ISO 11143
Other
Authorized Protocol CertificationsP149, P151, P154, P155, P157, P172, P182, P231,P308, P335, P351, P352, P353, P413, P442, P447, P467
Laboratory Accreditation