LISLE, Ill. — The Water Quality Association (WQA) announced that third-party certification is now available for the State of Wisconsin, according to a press release.

Water treatment devices certified for material safety and contaminant reduction by an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited body will no longer need state approval to be sold in Wisconsin, effective as of Sept. 27, stated the release.

The release reported that in April 2014 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker approved an emergency rule modifying Chapter SPS 384 of the state's administrative code, exempting third-party-certified products from requiring approval by the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services (DSPS); and in late September WQA received notification that the rule was allowed to take effect.

The rule change is temporary and the WQA and WQA of Wisconsin (WQAW) are dedicated toward making SPS 384 a permanent rule in the next legislative session and both organizations will be working closely with DSPS to craft the precise language of the emergency rule to ensure the state legislature approves it.

"This is great news for WQA and our industry as a whole," said WQA Deputy Executive Director Pauli Undesser. "In partnership with WQAW, we're proud to have helped remove unnecessary bureaucratic impediments to the sale of water treatment products in the Badger State."

A copy of the SPS 384 can be found here.