FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2010
CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to protecting and improving public health, recently hosted a meeting with Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Commissioner Robert Adler. During the visit, CPSC Commissioner Robert Adler and staff toured NSF International’s laboratories and discussed testing and certification for a range of consumer products.
NSF International and CPSC representatives spoke about future CPSC safety initiatives and how NSF can help support those initiatives via independent testing and certification. NSF also provided an overview of current and future safety initiatives, including toy safety and a new certification program for school products. The standard NSF/NSSEA Standard 380: School Supplies and Equipment in which the new certification program is based covers the health, safety and environmental aspects of school products and equipment (e.g. desks, chairs, lab equipment, etc.).
Participants included: CPSC Commissioner Robert Adler, CPSC Counsel to Commissioner Adler and key management from NSF International. Commissioner Adler and his staff said the visit and lab tour were extremely helpful and provided valuable insight on issues that both NSF and the CPSC take to heart.
“We appreciate Commissioner Adler and his staff taking the time to visit NSF International to discuss a number of new programs, our well-established existing programs and our contribution to consumer safety and public health,” said Kevan P. Lawlor, NSF President & Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to continuing our working relationship with the CPSC.”
About NSF International
NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
While focusing on food, water, consumer products and the environment, NSF International develops consensus national standards, provides third-party conformity assessment services, and offers Education and Training services. NSF is widely recognized for its scientific and technical expertise in the health and environmental sciences. Its professional staff includes: engineers, chemists, microbiologists, toxicologists, and environmental and public health professionals serving the needs of both public and private organizations.
NSF International provides testing and certification for a wide array of consumer products, such as pools, spas, toys, bottled water, dietary supplements, consumer cleaning and home care products, private label goods, organic foods/personal care items, and home appliances.
Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, dietary and nutritional supplement certification, and management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 14001) delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd.