Jun 18, 2009

MGS Progetti, Italian Faucet Manufacturer, Certified to New Lead Requirements

NSF Annex G certification supports new requirements for low-lead plumbing products to take effect in 2010

NSF Intl. has announced that MGS Progetti has become one of the first European faucet manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with Annex G. Certification to NSF’s Annex G, which contains requirements for low-lead plumbing products, helps protect the public from exposure to lead.

The new section of NSF/ANSI Standard 61--Annex G--Weighted Average Lead Content Evaluation Procedure to a 0.25 Percent Lead Requirement includes requirements that mandate a maximum weighted average lead content of ≤ 0.25%. The new requirement applies to manufacturers of faucets, valves, water fittings and other products that come in contact with drinking water.

“By obtaining certification from NSF Intl., we have been able to demonstrate how our unique products meet the low lead content requirements of Annex G,” said Stephen Rinaldi, managing director, MGS Progetti. “We believe that by using lead-free stainless steel we provide high quality, environmentally friendly and safer products.”

“I would like to congratulate MGS Progetti for taking the lead in meeting these new requirements by having their stainless steel products certified by NSF,” said Bob Ferguson, vice president, NSF Water Systems. “By obtaining Annex G certification, MGS Progetti continues to reinforce to their customers worldwide that public health protection is a top priority.”

To receive certification, MGS Progetti met the new lead content requirement of ≤ 0.25% and the requirements of NSF/ANSI Standard 61, Annex G. Compliance is determined by a weighted average calculation involving the maximum percent lead content of material specifications and wetted surface areas.

For meeting the new requirements, MGS Progetti’s products bear the NSF Annex G Certification Mark. MGS Progetti is also listed on the NSF website to demonstrate compliance with the new requirements.

To ensure ongoing compliance with the new lead requirements, NSF will conduct annual, unannounced inspections of the manufacturing facilities for certified products and re-test products on a regular basis.