Nonfood Compound Product Registration

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Registration
  • Categories
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Registration Process

Founded in 1999 to continue the work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authorization program, NSF’s Nonfood Compounds Program was established to evaluate the risk of contamination of chemical compounds used in and around food processing facilities.

Products eligible for registration include lubricants, cleaners, and water treatment products. For the full list of product categories, visit the Categories section.

Nonfood compounds and proprietary substances found compliant to food safety regulations are listed in the NSF White Book®. Recognized internationally and used by product manufacturers, food processors and regulators, the NSF White Book® is an interactive database of products that have passed NSF International’s thorough registration process.

Contact us at nonfood@nsf.org for more information.

Benefits of Registration

Access international markets and new distribution channels by registering your products with our Nonfood Compounds Registration Program.

As the most trusted name in food safety, the NSF mark is recognized as an international symbol of quality and safety. When you leverage the NSF mark on your products, inspectors and food and beverage processors know that your products are compliant with food safety regulations and your company is committed to the highest standards of quality.

Using registered products can help food and beverage processors meet their Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification requirements.

All products that pass NSF International’s stringent review process are listed in the NSF White Book®, the global sourcebook manufacturers, processors and inspectors rely on to determine product acceptability.

Categories

The NSF Nonfood Compounds Program verifies a wide range of nonfood compounds and proprietary substances. Some of our most popular product categories include lubricants, cleaning products, water treatment products, laundry products, antimicrobial products and hand care products.

Download a list of product category codes.

To receive a copy of the most current Registration Guidelines for Proprietary Substances and Nonfood Compounds, please contact us at nonfood@nsf.org.

Why Work With NSF?

NSF International’s legacy of integrity is unmatched. Our reputation has helped us become the global leader in food safety product certification, standards development and testing. The only independent registration organization to work directly with regulators, NSF is recognized by federal regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), who entrusted its nonfood compound registration program to us in 1999.

Our laboratories and certification programs are independently accredited by more than 50 international organizations including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the International Accreditation Service (IAS).

Registration Process

The nonfood compounds registration process is streamlined to make it easy for your company to register your products. When you submit your application, we’ll assign you a dedicated project manager who will work with you each step of the way to guide your product registration.

Get Started

To start your NSF nonfood compounds registration, request a quote and then download these files to help you fill out the registration forms:

Next, complete and submit the applicable application forms:

New Products Registration Forms

If you have not registered products with us before, complete both forms:

New Range Products Registration Forms

If you have not registered products with us before and your range of products contains the same ingredients, complete both forms:

Subregistration Form

If your registered products have been renamed or rebranded, complete this form:

Registered Products Revision Forms

If you have made changes to the label, category, company name or product name, complete the first form only. If your product formulation has changed, complete both the first form and either the second or third form:

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