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  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Protocols
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Certification Process

Consumers are increasingly concerned about product quality and safety, and regulatory compliance has become more complex. Retailers and vendors need confidence that the consumer products they sell meet regulatory requirements and represent their company’s high quality standards. NSF home products certification provides that assurance, offering a simplified solution to ensure only quality products make it to store shelves.

NSF's home product certification program builds on our expertise in national standards and protocol development, testing and certification to help ensure the safety and quality of consumer products and home appliances.

Benefits of Certification

NSF's home product certification is based on peer-reviewed, scientifically tested, transparent testing protocols for ensuring product quality, performance, material safety and appropriate labeling.

Products certified in this program bear the trusted NSF certification mark, a symbol to show products have been independently tested and evaluated against a rigorous set of quality and material safety requirements. NSF certification can eliminate the need for further retail testing, bringing products to market sooner and allowing retailers to focus on product design and innovation.

Program benefits include:

  • Streamlined buying cycle – get products to shelves faster
  • Assurance of quality, safety and performance
  • Brand protection
  • Added consumer confidence with NSF Certified for Home Use™ mark
  • Transparent, collaborative protocols maintained and shared by NSF -- eliminating last minute “surprises”

Protocols

NSF's home product certification protocols were developed by our public health experts with input from key industry stakeholders including retailers, manufacturers, industry associations and regulatory agencies.

The protocols encompass all mandatory regulatory requirements (U.S./Canada/Mexico/EU) for material safety and labeling, and refer to industry accepted standards for verifying product performance and quality. In addition, we develop and incorporate innovative and transparent test methods for verifying product life cycle, durability and functionality. To ensure material safety, the protocols specify analytical tests for confirming the absence of harmful substances (heavy metals, phthalates, bisphenol-A) in products coming into contact with food.

Current NSF home product certification protocols include:

NSF P386 Food storage containers
NSF P387 Coffee makers
NSF P388 Blenders
NSF P389 Slow cookers and rice makers
NSF P390 Stovetop cookware
NSF P392 Tableware
NSF P393 Bakeware
NSF P395 Personal beverage containers
NSF P396 Servingware
NSF P399 Flatware and cutlery
NSF P400 Food contact utensils
NSF P402 Vacuum sealers and bags
NSF P403 Corded home textiles
NSF P405 Toasters and toaster ovens
NSF P406 Clothes irons and steamers
NSF P407 Fans
NSF P408 Barware and accessories
NSF P412 Heaters
NSF P450 Weight scales
NSF P452 Air purifiers
NSF P461 Special purpose products and devices

Why Work With NSF?

NSF's home product certification program builds on our unparalleled expertise in national standards and protocol development, testing and certification. We began development on the first standards for commercial foodservice equipment in 1944 and currently have 70 active standards and over 75 active protocols for a wide range of commercial and consumer products.

Our transparency in testing and test methodologies is unique. Other test labs simply test and report, but our testing process is dynamic, with valuable technical feedback that helps improve your product’s design and speeds time to market.

Once certification is granted, your company can use the NSF Certified for Home Use™ mark on packaging and in promotions. The mark tells consumers that the product has been independently tested and certified in one of world’s leading laboratories by health and safety experts.

Certification Process

NSF certifies products in just five simple steps, led by a single point of contact with the technical expertise and dedication to expedite the process.

Step 1: Application — Your company submits an application for certification and receives a quotation based on factors including number of SKUs, special claims and production location.

Step 2: Product Submittal — NSF requests samples for evaluation and testing, along with key product information.

Step 3: Product Evaluation and Testing — Our engineers evaluate the product against protocol criteria to ensure it performs safely and reliably under normal use conditions. Food contact products are tested to verify absence of harmful chemical contaminants, including heavy metals, BPA and phthalates. Product labeling and claims are validated to ensure no false marketing claims are made.

Step 4: Manufacturing Facility Audit — An NSF auditor visits the production facility to confirm that all components of finished products are the same as those tested in our laboratories. This provides assurance of an effective, ongoing quality system.

Step 5: Certification Granted — Once the product evaluation is successfully completed and all criteria are met, your certification is granted and your product information is included in the online NSF product listings.

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    The NSF mark is well recognized by leading retailers as a symbol of safety and quality. When retail buyers and QA staff see the NSF HPC mark, backed by rigorous testing and a production facility check, it stands out. Retailers including Costco accept NSF HPC certification in lieu of repetitive QA testing for some products – saving their vendors time and money. Vendors of certified products also find adding SKUs, updating products or expanding series is simple and cost efficient, without redundant testing.

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  • The NSF Certified for Home Use mark on Costco’s Kirkland Signature cookware products provides added assurance to consumers that our products are made with safe materials, won’t leach harmful contaminants into the food and perform as advertised.Jim Klauer, Costco Wholesale
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