Membership Categories

How to join IBWA

IBWA offers six categories for membership. With Bottler membership, Supplier membership, Distributor membership, Candidate Bottler Program, Affiliate Program, and International membership, there is a membership level that provides the benefits you need and the access you want.

You may apply for membership by clicking on one of the membership category links below where you can download the application form.

Bottler Membership
IBWA Bottler members are companies that bottle or package water for sale within the United States (whether or not the plant is located in the United States) and that meet IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice standards, which is verified by annual plant inspections.

Supplier Membership
IBWA Supplier members are companies engaged in the rental or sale of equipment, products, supplies or services to the bottled water industry, within the United States (whether or not the company is located in the United States).

Distributor membership
IBWA Distributor members are companies that do not bottle water and are distributors for IBWA Bottler members, and have sales in the United States (whether or not the company is located in the United States).

Affiliate Program
The IBWA Affiliate Program is for individuals or companies interested in establishing a company to bottle or package drinking water. The category is intended solely for the purpose of assisting potential bottlers, allowing them a means of gathering information in preparation for later transition to Bottler membership. Companies are permitted to remain in the Program for a maximum of two years, at which time they must transfer to one of the other IBWA member types.

Once a company in the Affiliate Program begins to produce bottled water, they must transfer to either the IBWA Candidate Bottler Program or Bottler member type to continue the membership.

Candidate Bottler Program
IBWA Candidate Bottlers are companies that bottle or package water within the United States who are not yet prepared to submit to the annual inspection required for IBWA Bottler members. The purpose of this program is to assist Candidate Bottlers in achieving compliance with all FDA and IBWA Bottler member inspection requirements. It allows a bottler to work through a two-year program, which includes a consultative visit from one of the two IBWA-approved, third-party inspection companies. Once a Candidate Bottler’s facility meets the standards of the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, the company will transfer to Bottler membership.

International membership
IBWA International Bottler members are companies located outside the United States that bottle or package water for sale outside the United States and that meet IBWA Code of Practice standards which is verified by annual plant inspections.

This inspection is MANDATORY.