Berkefeld Brand built by Doulton

The need to create a safer water drinking supply was first recognized in 1835 in London, England. Queen Victoria realized that unclean water led to cholera and typhoid epidemics for her royal subjects. She turned to John Doulton, of Royal Doulton fame, and asked that he use his knowledge of ceramics to create stoneware that could serve as a gravity water filter.

This royal beginning improved in 1862 when John’s son, Henry, introduced a carbon water filter to provide an efficient, easily renewable, purifying medium. This coincided fortuitously with the great Louis Pasteur’s advancements in understandings of bacteria. It showed how porous ceramic can filter out those dangerous, tiny organisms, culminating in the discovery of gravity-fed water filtration

By 1901, the now Sir Henry Doulton and Royal Doulton were gaining in world-wide popularity for use in hospitals, laboratories and residential water filtration systems. The company continued to modify and improve its ceramic filters to make them self-sterilizing, and registered the new trade name, “British Berkefeld.” Relief organizations soon realized the benefits of using these filters to provide clean water to over 140 countries world-wide.

NSF/ANSI 42, 53, 372, 401 - Only Gravity NSF Certified Filtration System
NSF/ANSI 42, 53, 372, 401 - Only Gravity NSF Certified Filtration System

Relationship with Berkey® New Millennium Concepts®

In 1998 Berkey® New Millennium Concepts® signed a distribution partnership with a British Berkefeld. The name “Berkey®” was inspired by, originated from the Berkefeld brand. Berkefeld helped establish Berkey®’s foundation and reputation. After a few years of success with British Berkefeld Water filters, Berkey® created their own Black Berkey® Purification Elements that you know of today. Some Berkey® dealers still sell British Berkefeld filters and New Millennium Concepts® original website is still up at britishberkefeld.com.

Fast forward to 2023: Berkey® International (part of Berkey’s supply chain) has been put under a Stop Sale or Removal Order (SSURO) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Berkefeld Brand owned by Doulton® is proud to have been a pioneer in providing families with access to clean drinking water since 1826. Using 100% natural materials, our ceramic water filters improve the look, odor and taste of tap water by filtering out 99.99% plus of contaminants, filtering out bacteria, cysts and particles while keeping in all of the healthy minerals.

Fairey Industrial Ceramics Ltd

Fairey Industrial Ceramics Ltd, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, is the sole manufacturer of Doulton® and British Berkefeld ceramic drinking water filters.

Fairey Industrial Ceramics Ltd are the original brand in water filtration, with a product made in Britain since 1826 and continually enhanced for almost 200 years.

Fairey Industrial Ceramics Limited (FICL) is part of the Mantec group of companies. Mantec is a diverse ceramics group, manufacturing both industrial and consumer products. Although FICL is no longer part the same group of companies as Royal Doulton it retains the sole world-wide right to manufacture drinking water filters under the Doulton brand name. The world-renowned British Berkefeld. and Fairey water filter brand names are also within the FICL portfolio.

FICL is headquartered in the “Potteries” region of the North West of England, famous for its ceramic industry. The company employs more than 60 people and exports to 140 countries around the world. FICL is now solely focused on the manufacture of drinking water filter systems for residential and light commercial applications.

All products are manufactured in FICL’s UK factory under International Standards Organization (ISO-9001) conditions. To ensure the highest product quality and consistency, FICL has its own testing and laboratory facilities on site.

Additionally, FICL maintains an ongoing program of third part testing and approval in order to ensure that its products meet the highest world standards for food safety and performance integrity.

Doulton® is proud to have been a pioneer in providing families with access to clean drinking water since 1826. Using 100% natural materials, our ceramic water filters improve the look, odor and taste of tap water by filtering out 99.99% plus of contaminants, filtering out bacteria, cysts and particles while keeping in all of the healthy minerals.

Located in North Staffordshire, the heart of the UK’s traditional pottery industry, Doulton® manufactures and distributes ceramic filtration solutions to 140 countries across the globe.

FICL commitment to excellence in water filtration is built on years of innovation and maintaining the highest international standards to ensure the best quality products every time. Doulton® has received multiple industry certifications and actively promotes an eco-friendly ethos by making products that are derived from naturally-occurring raw materials.

Manufactured in an EPA-Registered Establishment

Ultra Sterasyl Filters are NSF Certified for 42, 53, 372 and 401 Codes

NSF/ANSI 42 – Aesthetic Effects
NSF/ANSI 53 – Health Effects
NSF/ANSI/CAN 372 – Lead Content
NSF/ANSI/CAN 401 – Emerging Compounds / Incidental Contaminants

What is NSF Certification of UV Water Filter Systems?

In the United States, NSF International (formerly the National Sanitation Foundation) works to protect consumers by providing third-party testing, written standards, and validation of products available to the public.

For example, almost every product in a commercial kitchen is NSF certified. Freezers, sinks, ovens, ice makers, and cutting boards –all must all be NSF certified in a commercial kitchen.

These standards ensure quality and safety in not only restaurants and cafeterias, but in many other industries as well, including water filter systems.

NSF Certification Steps:

    1. An application to be admitted to the NSF’s testing process
    2. The company submits detailed information on product formulation, toxicology, and product use information.
    3. NSF’s technical team performs a thorough review of the formulation and parts list for the filter system in question.
    4. On-site audit, where NSF technicians tour the production facility and gather samples of products and materials used in the filter system.
    5. Technicians return to the NSF laboratory, where the filter and its components undergo a battery of tests to prove their efficacy.
    6. Final technical evaluation that takes into account every step before it. It’s a final check-over that acts as a safeguard against anything that might have been missed in the process.
    7. Awarding of certification, and companies must renew this certification annually by going through steps 2 through 6 again.