Standards Council of Canada Accredits NSF International to Develop National Public Health and Sustainability Standards of Canada

ANN ARBOR, Mich., USA and OTTAWA, Ont., Canada — The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has accredited NSF International to develop National Standards of Canada as of July 7, 2014. NSF International is a global public health organization with 70 years of standards development, certification and testing expertise in the areas of food, water, dietary supplements, consumer products and sustainability.

“The accreditation of NSF International as a standards development organization (SDO) in Canada supports SCC’s objective of offering greater choice to government, industry and consumer groups,” said SCC Chief Executive Officer John Walter. “With more standardization experts and solutions available in the Canadian marketplace, these stakeholders will be better served.”

NSF International has met SCC’s rigorous program requirements for the accreditation of SDOs. Since 1997, NSF International has maintained SCC accreditation as a certification body, providing testing and certification services against American and Canadian health, safety, electrical and fire safety, and performance standards for the foodservice equipment, plumbing, water distribution and treatment chemical industries. In addition, NSF International has also earned accreditation under SCC’s laboratory accreditation program for test method development and non-routine test methods and is recognized under its Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) program.

“NSF International has been committed to the success of the Canadian marketplace for more than 50 years and we are honored to earn this accreditation from the SCC,” said Jessica Evans, NSF International Director of Standards. “NSF standards help protect public health and the environment while providing consistent requirements for acceptance in global markets. We have helped develop over 90 voluntary American National Standards and look forward to developing even more for Canada.” Included in those 90 standards are Sustainability Assessment standards created through the National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS).  

SCC is a Canadian Crown corporation and a portfolio of Industry Canada. With the goal of enhancing Canada's economic competitiveness and social well-being, SCC leads and facilitates the development and use of national and international standards. SCC also coordinates Canadian participation in standards development and identifies strategies to advance Canadian standardization efforts. Accreditation services are provided by SCC to various customers, including product certifiers and testing laboratories. SCC represents Canada at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and oversees the Canadian National Committee to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For additional information on SCC, visit www.scc.ca, or send inquiries to info@scc.ca.

NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences, consumer products and sustainability 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 International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. Additional NSF services include NSF Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, nutritional/dietary supplement certification, organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR). The organization’s world headquarters are based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices in Guelph, Ontario.

NSF International media contact:
Kelly Ingerly
Communications Specialist, NSF International
734-827-6850
media@nsf.org

SCC media contact:
Sandra Watson
Vice-President, Communications & Corporate Planning & Corporate Secretary, Standards Council of Canada
+1 613 238 3222 ext. 403
swatson@scc.ca