NSF/ANSI/CAN Standard 60 (Updates)

The latest edition of NSF/ANSI/CAN Standard 60 (Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals - Health Effects) was published in late 2020. PDF copies are available via your NSF Connect account or by contacting your Account Manager. All changes are effective immediately, unless otherwise indicated below.

If you have questions on the recent updates to the standard, please feel free to contact me at stark@nsf.org or call me at 734-769-5480.

A summary of changes in the 2020 edition of the standard is provided here.

1. Chemical Reference Table Updates. Four treatment chemicals were added to the chemical reference tables in the standard, showing the end use(s), sample preparation method(s), and the required analyses/test parameters:

a.) Acetic Acid was added to Table 7.1 (Biological Substrate end use).  In addition, the term Biological Substrate was added in the Definitions (7.2.3).
b.) Citric Acid was added to Table 7.1 (Copper Chelator end use) and Table 8.1 (Separation Process Cleaner end use).
c.) Chlorine Dioxide was added to Table 6.2 (Disinfection & Oxidation end use).
d.) Bromochlorodimethylhydantoin (BCDMH) was added to Table 6.2 (Disinfection & Oxidation end use).

2. Polyamines-addition of 3-Monochloro-1,2-propanediol as a new test parameter. Coagulation & Flocculation Chemical Reference Table 4.1 has been updated to add 3-MCPD as a test parameter for polyamines products. In the NSF Standard 60 analysis of polyamines products:

a.) Testing for 3-MCPD began on January 1st, 2021 for all polyamines samples received, with results (of 3-MCPD levels detected) shown on test reports issued. 
b.) 3-MCPD will become official evaluation criteria for polyamines on July 1st, 2021.

3. Section 6.3.3, reference to associated standard for sodium hypochlorite:
A clarification was added in the first paragraph to indicate that certification listings (of bleach products) shall reference the recommended handling and storage practices contained in the AWWA B300–Hypochlorites product standard.

4. Section 3.9 (Product Security); 3.9.2: Security requirements for packaged products: 
a.)  In (Bags and super sacks), clarifying text regarding valve bags was added (as new last sentence).
b.) New Subsection (Individual bags with valve closures) was added.
c.) In Informative Annex 5 (Examples of Tamper Evidence), in the back of the standard, Figures 14 and 15 (valve bag reference images) were added.       
5. Section 3.9 (Product Security); 3.9.3: Security requirements for bulk shipments and large reusable containers (totes), (Tamper Evident Seals). The following update was made (added words shown in italics):

“Bulk containers may be sealed with a uniquely numbered, nonreusable T/E seal, or a T/E seal which contains a unique company identifier or logo, on each opening in the container”.