NSF International and PIA Expand Ten Years of Collaboration

image001New memorandum of agreement offers clients the ability for European and American wastewater system testing and certification from one location

Global public health organization NSF International and PIA – Prüfinstitut für Abwassertechnik GmbH (PIA GmbH), located in Germany, are celebrating their 10th anniversary of collaborating on both North American and European standards for the European wastewater treatment system industry, allowing  European manufacturers to access testing services close to their facilities.

Working with PIA, the largest testing laboratory in Europe for the decentralized wastewater industry, NSF International has successfully expanded services throughout Europe specifically to test to the NSF/American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and European standards for wastewater treatment facilities.

Based on the success of this collaboration, NSF International and PIA have signed an additional memorandum of understanding (MOU) to declare a mutual intention to further develop this collaboration to cover consultancy and certification projects.

The NSF and PIA collaboration includes testing for these standards:

  • NSF/ANSI 40: Residential Wastewater Treatment Systems for materials, design, construction and testing procedures of small and residential treatment plants for the North American market.
  • NSF/ANSI 245: Wastewater Treatment Systems  Nitrogen Reduction associated with the requirements to meet the growing demand for nutrient reduction in coastal areas and sensitive environments.
  • NSF/ANSI 350: Onsite Residential and Commercial Water Reuse Treatment Systems which establishes materials, design, construction and performance requirements for onsite residential and commercial water reuse treatment systems, and also sets water quality requirements for the reduction of chemical and microbiological contaminants for non-potable water use.
  • European Standards – PIA tests against European standards for NSF customers which include:
    • EN 12566 for small wastewater treatment plants and wetlands
    • EN 12050 for wastewater lifting plants
    • BS 8525  for domestic greywater treatment equipment – requirements and test methods
    • EN 1825 for testing of grease separator systems
    • EN 858 for testing of separator systems for light liquids

“Through this collaboration with PIA, NSF International has been able to strengthen our expertise in the testing and certification of products to North American and European wastewater standards,” said Tarik Bellahcene, Managing Director, EMEA, NSF International. “This successful 10-year collaboration has provided our clients with an established testing facility and development laboratory as well as the shared expertise from NSF International’s technical and scientific professionals and PIA engineers and experienced employees. NSF International is pleased to expand this collaboration with PIA with the latest MOU for consulting and certification services.”

“PIA is happy to be the first testing institute for NSF/ANSI wastewater standards in Europe,” said Elmar Dorgeloh, General Manager, PIA. “For PIA customers it is important to have the ability to get the testing for the European and American market at one place. We are glad to celebrate 10 years of partnership between NSF International and PIA this year.”