standards and codes

Participate in the Process

PHTA seeks volunteers on a continual basis to contribute to the revision of existing standards and development of new standards initiatives. Participation on a PHTA technical committee, such as the Standards Consensus Committee (SCC) or a Standard Writing Committee (SWC), does not require a PHTA membership. You must complete and submit an application form to to be considered for a technical committee. A list of current opportunities appears below.

PHTA-16 Standard for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFAs) for Use in Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs

Download the PHTA-16 SWC Application Form
Deadline: Accepting Applications

ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 Standard for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFA) for Use in Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs

To Be Revised as PHTA-16 Standard for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFAs) for Use in Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs

PHTA-16 Standard Writing Committee (SWC) for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFAs) for Use in Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs

SCOPE: This standard establishes materials, testing, certification, and marking requirements for new or replacement fully submerged drain covers for use in any body of recreational water. These include, but are not limited to, swimming pools, hot tubs, spas, portable spas, non-portable wading pools, storable pools, or any other aquatic venue intended for swimming or recreational use. This standard is the Drain Cover Standard referenced in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBA).

STAKEHOLDERS: Drain cover manufacturers; Certifying bodies; Pool designers; Public health and building code officials; Local municipalities; Pool and spa operators; Service companies

CHAIR: Steve Barnes, AquaStar Pool Products

User-Consumers Needed to Serve on the PHTA Standards Consensus Committee (SCC)

Download the SCC Application Form

PHTA is seeking non-members and members to serve on the PHTA Standard Consensus Committee (SCC) in the newly established User-Consumer interest category. The User-Consumer interest category is defined as any individual/entity that uses swimming pools, spas, swim spas and hot tubs or components. This includes but is not limited to homeowners, owners or operators of, or service professionals engaged with swimming pools, spas, swim spas, or hot tubs, or members of consumer and public safety advocate organizations.

CHAIR: Kris Bridges, MCP, CBO, CZA, City of Martinsville, VA

VICE-CHAIR: Thomas Pitcherello, N.J. Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards

Glossary Committee

Download the Glossary Application Form

PHTA is seeking up to 15 participants to serve as voting members on the PHTA Glossary Committee. The Glossary Committee is responsible for reviewing and approving all terms and definitions for the PHTA Master Glossary. The membership of the Glossary Committee reflect the various business and industry segments within the PHTA and is not tied to PHTA membership. For more information contact

CHAIR: Jeff McGalliard, MCP, JMK Associates Inc.


Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Strategic Partners:

  • Fluidra
  • Hayward
  • Lou
  • Lyon Financial
  • MCC
  • Pentair
  • Raypak
  • WatkinsWellness

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