LYON, France (PRWEB) December 16, 2014
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP)/International Hot Tub Association (IHTA) announces that it has joined the European Portable Hot Tub Standards Harmonization Work Group spearheaded by the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) and DIN, the German institute for standardization.
The mission of the group is to harmonize global safety standards for portable hot tubs.
“APSP/IHTA has committed 15,000 euro for the next three years to assist in the standards process,” said APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald. “Global harmonization of portable hot tub standards is important to the future success of spa manufacturing and ultimately will increase consumer satisfaction with a consistent product.”
APSP is the U.S. industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and promote national standards for hot tubs, spas and pools. Several of APSP standards address portable spas including ANSI/APSP/International Code Council (ICC)-6 2013 Standard for Residential Portable Spas and Swim Spas; ANSI/APSP/ICC-7 2013 Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance in Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas and Hot tubs, and Catch Basins; ANSI/APSP/ICC-8 2005 (R2013) Model Barrier Code for Residential Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs; ANSI/APSP/ICC-14 2014 Standard for the Energy Efficiency of Portable Electric Spas and Hot Tubs; ANSI/APSP-16 2011 Standard for Suction Fittings for Use in Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs; and the ICC/APSP International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC).
Bob Lauter, CEO of Master Spas and key member of the APSP/IHTA initiative remarked that this effort was several years in the making with interest from across the globe. “Swedish colleagues initially convened a meeting in 2013 to discuss a way forward, and now through cooperation between many nations, we are on the verge of harmonizing standards to increase efficiency and equality in trade and use.”
The working group will meet December 17-18 in Berlin to begin key areas of discussion such as electrical product safety and water treatment. The process will encompass multiple steps including but not limited to: mutual understanding of terms and definitions; test procedures; units of measure; identifying differences between standards and ultimately developing a harmonization plan.
For more information about the work group, contact APSP’s Senior Director, Technical & Standards, Carvin DiGiovanni.
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit APSP.org.
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