The Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI) held its Fall Meeting Oct. 5-8 at the Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC. Several action items were discussed at the meeting. The Faucet and Shower/Tub-Shower Fittings Joint Product Group established a task group to develop language to eliminate inconsistencies for NSF 61 testing of side sprays on kitchen faucets. The Flushing Devices and Fixture Joint Product Group developed a task group to determine the proper action to the water closet testing done by NAHB Research Center. (See News Briefs for more details.) The Technical Committee will move forward with an appeal to IAPMO regarding the ASME A112.18.3 code change, and the code change ad hoc committee will continue to refine proposals to the IPC, UPC and National Standard Plumbing Code. The Trade Show Consolidation Issue Committee will track show trends such as attendees, exhibitors, location, etc. Also, a meeting has been set with NAHB to discuss PMI's revenue-neutral concept. The Universal Conformity Assessment Issue Committee formed a task group to identify new strategies to eliminate the unnecessary duplication of NSF 61 certifications.

PMI will hold its 2003 Spring Meeting April 5-8 at the Chateau Elan Winery and resort near Atlanta, GA.