Since 1944, NSF has developed human health standards and provides independent auditing, testing and certification services to help reduce risks.
International is celebrating 65 years of protecting and improving human health
and safety worldwide. Since its founding, NSF has become one of the most
trusted names in public health, writing national human health standards and
certifying products to help ensure the safety of food and drinking water,
dietary supplements, and consumer goods.
recognized for its scientific and technical expertise in the environmental and
health sciences, NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for
Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
heritage dates back to November 1944 when two professors from the University of
Michigan’s School of Public Health, and a public health official from nearby
Toledo, Ohio, saw a need to standardize the health requirements for commercial
foodservice equipment. The transparent, consensus-based process they
established to develop NSF’s first standards for the sanitation of soda
fountain and luncheonette equipment became the process by which NSF developed
other human health and safety standards.
that time, NSF has developed more than 72 American National Standards to
protect food and water, dietary supplements, pools and spas, and consumer
goods. NSF also tests and certifies a wide range of products including
foodservice equipment, organic foods, plastic and plumbing products, water
filters, nutritional ingredients, home appliances, kitchen utensils, green
building materials, pool and spa equipment, and more. The organization has more
than 850 employees, operating in more than 120 countries, with certification
programs for multiple products.
NSF Water Treatment and Distribution Systems Program verifies drinking water
treatment chemicals and drinking water system components to ensure these
products do not contribute contaminants to drinking water that could cause
adverse health effects.
International began developing standards at a time when few national sanitation
and human health standards existed in the U.S. Today, NSF remains at the
forefront, developing standards and certification programs that address
important public health issues worldwide. As NSF develops new human health and
environmental programs and expands operations to other regions of the world, it
remains dedicated to its mission of “protecting and improving human health.”
NSF International Celebrates 65 Years Of Protecting, Improving Human Health
November 20, 2009