Codes, Regulations & Standards


NESPA is your best resource for all current codes, regulations & standards.

NESPA is your single source for pool and spa industry news. There is no need to dig through dozens of websites or deal with the red tape of calling a government office to get the answers to your questions.  Our staff can also guide you through questions about code requirements and help with inspection issues that come up on your job sites.

Pump Regulation Update - Effective July 19, 2021

DOE Dedicated Purpose Pool Pump Rule: Through PHTA’s work with the Department of Energy, effective July 19, 2021, one national energy efficiency standard for dedicated purpose pool pumps will be law of the land, eliminating the patchwork of regulations that currently exist across the country. PHTA and its members are now advocating for a similar regulation for dedicated purpose pool pump motors. Providing for one national energy efficiency standard for manufacturers to comply with also benefits installers and consumers by providing more affordable energy efficiency pump and motor choices.

Check out these resources created by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance

VGB Updates

On August 18, 2020, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to delay the effective date of ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 (Drain Cover Standard).

The effective date has been moved from November 24, 2020, to May 24, 2021, to provide drain cover manufacturers additional time while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted manufacturers and test labs. More details can be found on the PHTA website.