ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, has developed the first American National Standard that validates the efficiency of water treatment devices designed to reduce trace levels of emerging contaminants in drinking water, according to a press release.

The standard, “NSF/ANSI 401: Drinking Water Treatment Units – Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants,” addresses a water treatment device’s ability to remove up to 15 contaminants, including some pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medications, herbicides, pesticides and chemicals used in manufacturing such as bisphenol A (BPA), from drinking water, stated the release.

The release reported that NSF has certified 56 products to NSF/ANSI 401 at varying levels, providing home water treatment options to consumers concerned about these contaminants, and the first manufacturers to achieve this certification for one or more of their devices include, but are not limited to: 3M Purification Inc., Access Business Group LLC, Kaz USA Inc., Everpure LLC, Amway China Co., General Electric Company, Electrolux Home Products and Whirlpool Corporation.

Products covered in the standard include several types of point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) products such as faucet mount, under sink, plumbed-in, countertop, refrigerator, pour-through, mouth drawn and hand squeezed sports bottle type filtration systems, POU reverse osmosis (RO) systems and traditional filtration systems, noted the release.

You can find the release here.