NSF International Shanghai Testing Lab earns ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation to help dietary supplement companies verify ingredients against U.S. and European standards
SHANGHAI (March 8, 2012) – NSF International, an independent global organization that writes public health standards, tests and certifies products for the dietary supplement, food, water and consumer goods industries, has achieved ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from the China National Accreditation Service (CNAS) for its laboratory in Shanghai, China. The NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory provides dietary supplement and food ingredient companies with a means to source safer products, raw materials and ingredients from Asia through independent, accredited third-party testing and certification.
More than 60 percent of dietary supplement ingredients sold in the U.S. are imported from China. In a recent survey of more than 1,000 consumers, the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) found that more than 63 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to buy a China-sourced dietary supplement. The NSF International Shanghai Testing Laboratory can help resolve these concerns by providing accredited testing services to verify the safety and quality of dietary ingredients against US and European standards prior to their leaving the country.
“Instead of relying either on tests provided by China or post-shipment tests, U.S. manufacturers can now test the quality of Chinese raw materials prior to shipment through NSF International’s accredited laboratory in Shanghai. These accredited testing services help companies capitalize on the ingredient sourcing opportunities in Asia while also ensuring their standards of safety and quality are being met by their suppliers,” said Jeff Crowther, Executive Director of the U.S.-China Health Products Association.
CNAS ISO 17025 accreditation demonstrates that the NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory follows internationally recognized lab quality management practices. Accredited dietary and food ingredient testing services include:
“American and European dietary supplement companies source a majority of their raw ingredients from Chinese suppliers. NSF International’s Shanghai laboratory can help companies source safer, higher quality ingredients while helping Chinese dietary ingredient manufacturers identify themselves as good suppliers to global companies,” said Lori Bestervelt, Ph.D., NSF International Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer.
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Additional testing services for the food, water, and consumer products industries:
In addition to dietary supplement ingredients, the NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory is also accredited to offer testing services for:
Two additional resources that complement NSF’s Testing Services include:
For more information about NSF International’s dietary supplement testing, certification and training programs contact:
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About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, tests and certifies products for the dietary supplement, food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
NSF developed the only American national standard for dietary supplements (NSF/ANSI 173), and tests and certifies products to this standard. The NSF Certified for Sport program takes the dietary supplement program a step further by testing products for more than 165 prohibited and banned substances. The NSF Certified for Sport® program is recognized by major sports organizations such as the NFL, MLB, and their player associations, PGA, LPGA, NCAA and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) to help ensure the sports supplements their athletes use are free of banned substances.
Additional NSF services include NSF Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, NSF Sustainability, organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR).