Product certification indicates a third-party organization has monitored the manufacturer’s operations to ensure they meet guidelines for manufacturing processes and materials used. Products are tested to ensure compliance with industry standards, performance and certification requirements.
WQA provides third-party certification — notably its Gold Seal — for products consumers can buy for water treatment. This program, after decades in existence, is the oldest third-party testing and certification program in the water treatment industry. The Gold Seal is easily recognizable and informs consumers that products are safe and work properly. The Gold Seal Program is accredited as a reputable certification agency by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
Manufacturers and suppliers can seek Gold Seal certification for most products that contact household water. Certification covers everything from chemicals to plumbing components to filtration systems and water softeners.
Standards are detailed and rigorous and specific to the products certified. Some standards cover ultraviolet disinfecting systems, for example, while others ensure that reverse osmosis systems perform as claimed. Certification also helps verify that manufacturers have good customer service measures in place and offer adequate product literature or information.
Once companies go through this demanding process, they can’t rest on their laurels. They must retest their certified products regularly and submit to annual facility inspections.
Greener Water Treatment
WQA also offers a Sustainability Certification Program to help consumers select greener water treatment products that help ensure safe drinking water while showing sensitivity to the environment. Products earn the mark only after they demonstrate adherence to best practices in manufacturing for sustainability. Rigorous examination is required to audit and assess the manufacturer according to independent standards developed by a WQA task force of environmental experts, consultants, regulators, manufacturers, industry professionals, and other stakeholders.
The WQA Sustainability Certification Program is currently the only environmental certification program in the world to earn ANSI accreditation to ISO 17065 and ISO 14024 for Type I Environmental Labeling. This provides independent, third-party verification that a product is environmentally responsible in all phases of its life cycle: from raw materials, production, distribution, use-phase, all the way through to end-of-life disposal.
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