QAI VP to Speak at 2008 Natural Beauty Summit America

Presentation will Focus on the Consensus Process in which American National Standards are Developed

(New York, NY) – Joe Smillie, Quality Assurance International (QAI) Senior Vice President, will discuss American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) consensus standards development process on Thursday, May 15, 2008, from 3:50 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in New York, NY.

QAI is an NSF International Company that is accredited by the USDA to provide independent, third-party organic certification services to the organic food industry. Mr. Smillie’s presentation will be given in conjunction with the 2008 Natural Beauty Summit America, a conference that will highlight major developments in the cosmetics industry affecting natural and organic products and sustainability.

Who Should Attend
Key stakeholders, such as cosmetic manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, packaging companies, retailers and industry organizations

ANSI’s Standards Development Process:
American National Standards are developed through involvement of those who are directly and materially affected by the scope of the standard. Mr. Smillie will discuss how this process ensures balanced input from industry representatives, public health/regulatory officials, and users/consumer representatives.

Standard Development Organizations, such as NSF International, are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop American National Standards. This accreditation verifies that organizations develop standards in a manner to ensure openness and due process allowing for equity and fair play. ANSI has served as administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary standardization system for more than 90 years.

Background on the Speaker
Joe Smillie has been involved in the organic movement and industry since 1975 as a farmer, inspector, consultant, author and certification agent. Joe has become a recognized authority on all aspects of organic production, NOP regulations and international trade. He has been instrumental in protecting the integrity of organic products and advancing the growth of the organic industry. In January 2006, he was appointed to the National Organic Standards Board to serve a five-year term as the certification representative. Smillie is also a founding member of the Organic Trade Association, the Independent Organic Inspectors Association and the International Inspectors Group. He currently works in the sales, regulatory and international departments at QAI.

For more information about Smillie’s presentation, please contact Cristin Kerwin at 734.827.5627 or [email protected].
For more information on the 2008 Natural Beauty Summit America, visit Additional topics at the summit will include: sustainability and ethical sourcing; market & product developments; regulatory issues; and formulation and technical issues.

Quality Assurance International (QAI, Inc.), the global leader in certification services, has operations in the U.S., Canada, Japan and the European Union. Clients include agricultural producers, food processing facilities, integrated manufacturing operations and contract packing operations, traders, distributors, retailers, and other unique food operations. QAI’s programs are designed to verify compliance at every link of the product handling chain, thus assuring consumers that product integrity is preserved in the marketplace. For further information about QAI, visit the company’s website at

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