NSF Is the First Independent Laboratory Accepted to Evaluate Ballast Water Treatment Systems
NSF International (NSF), an independent public health organization, has become the first Independent Laboratory (IL) accepted by the United States CoastGuard (USCG) to evaluate and test technologies designed to treat ballast water on ships in order to prevent the spread of non-native aquatic species in lakes, rivers and coastal waters.
NSF is widely known for developing standards and product testing for water treatment devices. NSF International’s Water Programs require extensive product testing and unannounced audits of production facilities to verify that water treatment products meet the design, material and performance requirements. NSF International is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Ballast water, while essential to the safe and efficient operation of modern shipping, can pose economic, ecological and public health risks when it carries non-native species around the world. The USCG regulations were developed to limit the release of live organisms in ship ballast water to reduce the risks associated with the spread of aquatic invasive species.