ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF International will continue to develop the NSF sponsored American National Standard for Volatile Organic Emissions from Building Products and Interior Furnishing Products to help improve indoor air quality, using the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited open transparent process. NSF’s accredited standards development process invites all interested stakeholders: regulators, academia, industry and consumers to participate and an open public comment period will consider all feedback received.

On February 11, 2011, NSF International notified GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) it will be discontinuing its partnership with GEI due to difficulties in the working relationship. While no longer a co-sponsor of the NSF standards development project, GEI remains a voting member on the NSF Joint Committee assembled to develop the standard as does NSF. 

In 1996, a full five years before GEI was founded, NSF International identified the need for an open, public standard to minimize indoor air pollutants.  At that time, NSF filed a PINS (Project Initiation Notification System) to initiate the standard development process. 

Developing the Volatile Organic Emissions from Building Products and Interior Furnishing Products standard (NSF 112) aligns with NSF’s 66-year old mission to improve and protect public health and the environment. 

About NSF International: NSF International has been testing and certifying products for safety, health and the environment for more than 65 years ( As an independent, not-for-profit organization, NSF’s mission is to protect public health and the environment through standards development, inspection, testing and certification for the food, water, build/construction, retail, chemical and health science industries. A leading ANSI-accredited developer of more than 70 American National Standards that protect public health and the environment, NSF, through the National Center for Sustainability Standards, has developed sustainability standards for: building products and materials; furniture; carpet and flooring, fabrics; wallcoverings; roofing membranes; green chemicals; and drinking water quality. Operating in more than 120 countries, NSF is committed to protecting public health worldwide and is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
Phone: 734.913.5723