North American Code Requirements for Plastic Pipes and Fittings


Compliance to NSF/ANSI 14: Plastics Piping System Components and Related Materials is required by all major plumbing codes including the Uniform Plumbing Code, the National Standard Plumbing Code and the International Plumbing and Residential Code.

NSF/ANSI 14 establishes minimum physical, performance, health effects, quality assurance, marking and recordkeeping requirements for plastic piping components and related materials such as:

  • Thermoplastic materials
  • Thermoset materials
  • Non-plastic components
  • Piping and tubing
  • Fittings and valves
  • Appurtenances
  • Joining materials and gaskets
  • Ingredients of materials
  • Special engineered products and materials

NSF International has the qualifications and reputation to help your business meet the needs of the market and get the recognition and acceptance that is critical to your company’s success.

Benefits of Certification

Certification to NSF/ANSI 14 ensures your product meets regulatory requirements for plastic pipes and fittings across North America. NSF test data collected can be used to demonstrate product quality and for certification with other agencies, such as ASME, ASSE, ASTM, AWWA, CAS, DIN, IAPMO, ISO and UL.

Why Work with NSF?

In addition to being acknowledged by every plumbing code in North America, NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for its testing, standards development and certification programs.

NSF certification includes:

  • NSF mark recognition, faster market access and expedited regulatory acceptance
  • Third-party confirmation, reducing potential liability issues
  • Ongoing support related to technical development and regulatory requirements
  • Online listing of certified products, including product type, product trade name, manufacturer name and location
Certification Process

While our product evaluations are thorough, our process is simple and efficient. A dedicated NSF project manager serves as your single point of contact from application to approval for a streamlined, efficient certification process.

1. Your company submits an application.

2. Your company and suppliers provide formulation, design specifications and product end use information.

3. We review formulation and engineering specifications.

4. We perform a plant audit and sample collection.

5. We conduct laboratory testing.

6. We grant certification for compliant products.

7. Our follow-up program includes unannounced inspections and annual testing.

Our experts can help you reduce your overall costs and expedite your time to market by bundling services and reducing the number of contracted service providers and facility audits.