NSF Standards Recognized in ANSI Survey

Feb. 4, 2003

NSF International, The Public Health and Safety Company(tm), received recognition for the national voluntary public health and safety standards developed through its processes.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently launched an online survey asking the standards community to identify standards that play a critical role in enhancing business competitiveness and in improving societal issues such as safety, health and the quality of life. The response to the survey was overwhelming; numerous NSF standards were recognized. For a complete summary of responses, please see survey results at


Focusing on food, water, indoor air and the environment, NSF standards are developed by committees and working groups representing the interest of all stakeholders. These primary stakeholder groups include industry, the regulatory community and the public at large.

"We are proud to have so many NSF/ANSI Standards recognized for the value they bring to society," said Jim Kendzel, vice president, administration. "NSF thanks the many volunteers who come together representing industry, regulators, consumers and other interest groups to ensure protection of public health and safety through the documents they develop. NSF is continuously committed to assist in the development of such standards to meet society's needs."

"Standards play a major role in many aspects of our daily lives-from decisions consumers make when purchasing products for their homes, to broader societal issues such as how we preserve the environment; from the competitive concerns of business in a global marketplace, to the government's role in protecting the public interest," explained Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI president and CEO. "The 'Standards That Make A Difference' survey acts as a vehicle to bring additional awareness and publicity of the important work being done by the standards community."

Founded in 1918, ANSI (www.ansi.org) is a private, non-profit organization that administers, coordinates, and safeguards the integrity of the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Headquartered in Washington, DC, ANSI's mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life.

NSF International (www.nsf.org), a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, is the leading global provider of public health and safety risk management solutions. NSF provides product certification and safety audits for the food and water industries. Other services include management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food Safety and for Drinking Water Safety and Treatment. Serving companies in 88 countries, NSF was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI USA.

Source: NSF International