New Delhi / United States : Global public health organization NSF International and the Indian Plumbing Skills Council (IPSC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide local testing and certification services for the plumbing industry in India. This MOU will help improve the quality of Indian plumbing products and the skills of Indian plumbers through IPSC’s skill development initiatives under the aegis of the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) and India’s Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
Under the MOU, NSF International and IPSC will work cooperatively to develop a joint facility where IPSC will offer training to plumbers and NSF International will operate a testing and certification laboratory. This agreement provides the Indian plumbing industry with local access to NSF certification, improving the quality of Indian plumbing products and subsequently creating opportunities for the export of Indian plumbing products. This agreement also demonstrates NSF International’s investment in India’s plumbing certification industry and skilled plumbers.
“NSF International is committed to the continued advancement of public health and safety in India’s plumbing industry,” said Mr. Dave Purkiss, General Manager, Plumbing Products, NSF International. “With the training expertise of the Indian Plumbing Skills Council and NSF International’s testing and certification leadership, we will work together to advance education, public health and sustainability initiatives in design, specifications, installation, inspection and regulation for the Indian plumbing industry.”
The agreement also expands NSF International’s presence in India, which currently provides independent, third-party services to the water, food, consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries. Located in Gurugram, in the capital city region of Delhi, NSF International’s India office focuses on water and food safety including certification of drinking water treatment chemicals and distribution systems, water filters, piping and plumbing components.
“IPSC is dedicated to developing excellence in plumbing skills,” said Mr. Vinay Gupta, Vice Chairman, IPSC. “IPSC believes this excellence will be further enhanced by the agreement with NSF International, a global leader in the water industry. Our commitment is to train and up-skill plumbers in India on the importance of public health and safety practices for the water and sanitation industries. Locating our training facility on the same site as an NSF International testing laboratory demonstrates a true commitment by IPSC and NSF to improve the quality of the plumbing sector throughout India.”
IPSC is committed to skill identification, development and training for India’s plumbers. It is creating a skill development system that includes competency standards and qualifications as well as a standard for certification of plumbers. The new facility will provide skilled training and promote academic excellence and international standards in the plumbing trade.
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