LISLE, Ill. — The World Health Organization (WHO) has unveiled its International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies, according to a press release.

The program is intended to aid populations in developing countries with limited capacity to subject manufacturers to rigorous, independent evaluations of product performance, the release reported.

Under this fee-based program, manufacturers and products certified under the International Scheme will be listed as such on the WHO website, continued the release, no certification mark will be issued, and the company will be prohibited from using the WHO name or logo in any manner.

According to the release, WHO is currently gathering a list of companies wishing to participate in its first round of product testing; to join this list, a product manufacturer must complete the Expression of Interest Form and remit it to WHO on or before Monday, March 10.

The product evaluation procedures and protocols may be found here.