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This standard establishes new requirements for markings, instructions, material durability, physical testing and flow rate certification procedures for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFA). This updated version includes a Provisional Amendment (PA) approved on March 19, 2021, addressing storable pool integral SOFA. Products and components regulated by this standard are collectively referred to as Drain Covers under the federal law that regulates them. SOFAs are designed for use in any pool, hot tub, spa or other aquatic venue that is intended for swimming or recreational bathing. Under the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBA), product components certified on or after November 24, 2020 are required to comply with this version of the standard. This version includes appendices to help designers, manufacturers, test laboratories, and Registered Design Professionals achieve consistent certification results in accordance with the revised standard and the VGBA. Appendix E provides guidance for testing and certification while Appendix F highlights portions of the Consumer Product Safety Commission's Federal Register Notice detailing what sections of the standard are not within the federal government’s enforcement authority. This is a PDF version.
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