NSF International, a global independent public health organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the commercial and consumer goods, health sciences, food, sustainability and water industries, is honoring the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) World Standards Week (Oct. 20 to 24, 2014) by highlighting the key role standards play in the global economy. Standards, like those developed by NSF International, help protect public health and the environment and provide consistent requirements for acceptance in global markets.
The goal of ANSI’s World Standards Week is to raise awareness about the importance of standardization and to promote the role of standards and conformance in meeting the needs of business, industry, government and consumers worldwide. Today an estimated 80 percent of world merchandise trade is affected by standards or regulations that reference or incorporate standards.
“Standards development helps protect public health and consumer safety by providing a uniform means of evaluating the health or environmental impacts of products,” said NSF International President and CEO Kevan P. Lawlor who also serves as vice chair of the ANSI Board of Directors. “NSF International continues to develop new standards for emerging markets for food, water, health and sustainability sectors, furthering NSF’s mission of protecting and improving human health.”
“Standards and conformity assessment are powerful tools that can be used strategically to fuel innovation and economic growth,” said ANSI President and CEO S. Joe Bhatia. “World Standards Week is an opportunity for companies large and small, public- and private-sector organizations, and consumers and other stakeholders from across industries to collaborate on the ways that standardization can help them address common issues and increase competitiveness. The best solutions are developed when all interested parties come together and share insights, and ANSI encourages everyone to take part in what will be a productive week of events.”
Accredited by ANSI and the Standards Council of Canada to develop standards and provide product certification, NSF International has developed over 90 voluntary American National Standards during the past 60+ years. This includes NSF/ANSI standards for consumer products, dietary supplements, water products, commercial and residential food equipment, and more sustainable water contact and chemical products, services and commercial building and interiors products.
“Developing standards that help protect and improve human health globally will continue to be our focus. These standards also help manufacturers exporting products to and from the U.S. to meet important public health requirements and regulations in countries worldwide,” said Lawlor.
As part of the meeting surrounding ANSI’s World Standards Week, Lawlor will moderate a roundtable discussion on issues regarding standards developing organizations and conformity assessment bodies on Oct. 22, 2014, in Washington, D.C. This discussion will be held in conjunction with ANSI’s Legal Issues Forum, addressing Best Practices for Standards Developers and Conformity Assessment Bodies to Avoid Legal Liability in Tort, Antitrust, and Other Areas of the Law.
NSF/ANSI standards are developed through a public process that ensures balanced input from public health and regulatory officials, industry representatives and users/consumer representatives. Developing NSF standards would not be possible without the commitment of the 5,500 members on NSF joint committees, task groups, technical committees, and protocol and standards writing groups.