NSF International Earns American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accreditation for its Food Safety Certificate Programs

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Training and Education division of NSF International, an independent global organization that writes standards, tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries, has earned American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation for its food safety certificate programs for food processing quality professionals. This provides food companies added assurance that their quality managers are receiving the most current and highest quality training available from a public health organization that has nearly 70 years of food safety expertise.

NSF International earned ANSI accreditation for the following courses under ASTM E2659-09: Standard Practice for Certificate Programs.

  • Prerequisite Programs for Food Safety Systems (1 day)
  • HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) Manager Training (2 days)
  • Advanced HACCP: Validation and Verification (1 day)
  • Principles of Internal Auditing (1 day)

ANSI accreditation to ASTM E2659-09 demonstrates the credibility and quality of these food safety certificate programs, which differentiates these programs from other non-accredited training programs. Additionally, NSF International instructors have, on average, 20 years of experience in the food industry and possess both scientific and academic backgrounds, as well as the hands-on industry experience needed to teach current global food safety practices. To help protect their brands and the food supply, food companies need skilled employees that maintain their knowledge of the latest food safety handling practices. NSF's accredited food safety training programs provide employees with the training they need to fulfill this critical role.

“Quality professionals who complete these accredited courses are able to demonstrate their ability to actively manage and continuously improve food safety systems that protect consumers, product quality, enhance productivity and provide brand name protection,” said Michelle Rzendzian, Manager of NSF International’s Training and Education division. “This training is essential as the food industry continues to adopt global food safety standards.”

NSF Food Safety Certificate programs are currently offered in North America. NSF plans to expand the programs to Europe, Asia and Latin America in the coming year. For more information, visit www.nsf.org/training/news/index.asp or contact NSF’s Training and Education team at training@nsf.org or phone: 800-NSF-MARK x5600.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with NSF Training and Education Manager Michelle Rzendzian, contact Kelly Nichols at knichols@nsf.org or 734-827-6850.

About NSF International:NSF International is an independent organization that writes standards, tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

The NSF Global Food Division provides experienced and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, from agriculture, produce, processing, distribution and dairy to seafood, retail and restaurants. Services include Training and Education, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification (SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P., FSSC, IFS, Aquaculture Certification Council (ACC)), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, plus expert auditing, consulting and technical services, HACCP validation and inspection, and organic and gluten-free certification through QAI (Quality Assurance International). NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds and bottled water/beverages, as well as drinking water treatment units and filtration systems.

Contact: Kelly Nichols
NSF International