NSF International’s technical and certification expertise coupled with CMA’s experience in product engineering and performance raises the bar on consumer cookware and bakeware standards

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Cookware Manufacturers Association (CMA) has partnered with NSF International, an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries, to provide quality and safety standards for cookware and other consumer products. Combining NSF’s nearly 70 year public health and certification expertise and CMA’s extensive experience in engineering and product performance will result in higher standards for consumer cookware and bakeware.

NSF International recently launched its Home Products Certification (HPC) Program, to independently verify the performance, quality and material safety of consumer products including kitchen appliances, cookware, bakeware, food storage containers, utensils, cutlery and other home products. NSF scientists, consumer product safety experts, manufacturers and retailers all worked together as a qualified panel to develop scientifically sound testing and evaluation protocols for each product category.

The program builds on NSF’s food equipment legacy in writing national product safety and quality standards and protocols, and testing and certifying products to these standards. Today, most U.S. state health codes require that food equipment used in commercial foodservice be certified to NSF standards.

CMA brings its extensive expertise in the cookware industry to the partnership by participating in the protocol development panel that develops and reviews NSF Home Product Certification protocols. CMA fully supports NSF’s HPC program as part of a greater industry effort to demonstrate the quality and safety of cookware and bakeware products to consumers, as well as helping retailers identify safer, NSF certified brands.

“NSF developed this program to streamline regulatory and retail-specific requirements, simplify testing and to expedite time to market. The program requirements are comprehensive enough to be used by multiple retailers, which can reduce overall testing costs for manufacturers,” said Sarah Krol, General Manager of Consumer Products, NSF International.

“The Cookware Manufacturers Association is pleased to recognize the NSF Home Product Certification program. We believe that a standardized approach to product testing across all channels will ultimately benefit not only the end consumer but manufacturers and retailers as well,” said Bob Reichenbach, President of the CMA and Executive Vice President of Lifetime Brands, Inc. “These benefits will be achieved by setting specific production standards, controlled testing costs and reduced production and shipping lead times.”

In addition to cookware and bakeware, product categories included in the NSF HPC program include blenders, coffee makers, cutlery, servingware, utensils and toasters. To date, products certified in the NSF HPC program include Jarden Consumer Solutions’ Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker, Oster® Blender, Mr. Coffee® Coffee Maker and Costco’s Kirkland Series Cookware and Bakeware.

“Our alliance with the Cookware Manufacturers Association will help us expand the NSF Home Product Certification Program. CMA members can rely on NSF to verify their product’s regulatory compliance, marketing claims and durability, and consumers looking for the NSF Certified for Home Use™ mark can be confident that those products have been rigorously tested,” added Krol.

For more information about the NSF Home Product Certification Program, contact Director of Business Development Ken Ash at kash@nsf.org or 678-461-7986.

Editor’s Note: To schedule an interview with NSF Consumer Products division General Manager Sarah Krol, contact Kelly Nichols at knichols@nsf.org or 734-827-6850.

About the Cookware Manufacturers Association: Established in 1922, the Cookware Manufacturers Association (CMA) is a not-for-profit trade association for manufacturers of cookware, bakeware and kitchenware and includes over 25 North American companies. The CMA's mission is to inform and promote the industry to its members, their customers and to the general public. The CMA helps develop engineering standards for the industry, disseminates information to consumers, retailers and manufacturers, and offers forums for members to learn about the latest advances in manufacturing, retailing, distribution and materials. Find more about CMA at http://www.cookware.org.

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.

NSF International developed the first standards for foodservice equipment in 1944, beginning with sanitization standards for soda fountain and luncheonette equipment. Since then, NSF has developed more than 80 American National Standards for a wide range of consumer and commercial products. Now, most U.S. state health codes require that food equipment used in commercial food service be certified to NSF standards. NSF also developed the American National Standards for all materials and products that treat or come in contact with drinking water, including water filters. In 1990, the U.S. EPA replaced its own drinking water product advisory program with these NSF standards. Today, most plumbing codes require that pipes and plumbing components in commercial and residential buildings be certified to NSF standards.

The NSF Consumer Products Division builds on NSF’s nearly 70 years of expertise in national standards development, testing and certification to help ensure the safety and quality of consumer products and appliances used in and around the home. These include children’s products, bottled water and beverages, nutritional/dietary supplements, private label goods, personal care products and home appliances (washers, dryers and dishwashers).

Additional NSF services include environmental/sustainable product claims verification, safety audits for the food and water industries, and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR).

Crock-Pot®, Oster®, and Mr. Coffee® are registered trademarks of Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a/ Jarden Consumer Solutions.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelly Nichols
NSF International