May 25, 2007

NSF International and Korea Testing Research Institute Announce Cooperative Agreement

Additional testing and certification services for drinking water and food equipment manufacturers will now be available as a result of a new cooperative agreement between NSF International and Korea Testing Research Institute (KTR).
Both NSF, a U.S. based independent, not-for-profit certification organization, and (KTR), a not-for-profit corporation and leading testing, certification and research organization in Korea, will provide manufacturers with a means to gain acceptance for their products in North America, Korea and around the world. Initially, the agreement will focus on product certifications in the areas of drinking water and food equipment.

NSF customers will have access to applicable Korean certifications, such as the KS Mark, the Q (Quality) Mark and S (Safety) Marks. KTR customers and other manufacturers seeking NSF Certifications or other international product certifications will be able to work with KTR to facilitate these product approvals.

"Ultimately, this agreement will enable both KTR and NSF to offer streamlined certification services to companies seeking recognition and acceptance in new markets throughout the world,” said Bob Ferguson, vice president of NSF’s Water Programs. “We are two organizations that share a similar goal – to protect consumers through independent testing and certification.”

“KTR is very pleased to sign this agreement," said Bo-Won, Lee, president of KTR. “With this opportunity, we would like to pave the way for those who want to make inroads into the world market in the field of conformity assessment including testing, inspection and certification.”

Under the terms of the agreement, KTR and NSF will also host seminars in the upcoming months in Asia to discuss additional certification opportunities.