Jessica Evans, Director of Standards Development at NSF International, was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Award from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The award recognizes individuals or groups that have a record of significant contribution to voluntary consensus standards development and have demonstrated outstanding service in support of ANSI’s standardization mission.

Evans, who has been the Director of Standards Development at NSF since 2013, has worked on the development and maintenance of approximately 60 NSF/ANSI standards and nearly 40 NSF protocols.

“I have been extremely impressed by Jessica’s outstanding performance while contributing to voluntary consensus standards and supporting ANSI’s mission,” said Edward V. Ohanian, Ph.D., Associate Director for Science at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Specifically, she has distinguished herself by her remarkable and positive contributions to the protection of public health.”

As Director of Standards Development at NSF International, Evans has played an important role in facilitating the development of voluntary standards across many industries, including dietary supplements, drinking water treatment devices, food safety and sustainability.

“Jessica is open to new ideas and is always looking for ways to better engage regulators and public health officials and various stakeholders in understanding the value and importance of standards,” said France Lemieux, M. Eng., Regulatory Policy and Risk Management Manager for Health Canada’s Water and Air Quality Bureau. “I can attest to her dedication and, moreover, her significant contributions to voluntary consensus standards.”

In recent years, Evans has been instrumental in leading her team in the development of innovative standards, including a suite of consensus-based GMP auditing standards developed with the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA). Known as NSF/ANSI 455-1-4: 2018, the GRMA standards establish auditing criteria for manufacturers of dietary supplements (455-2: Dietary Supplements), cosmetics and personal care products (455-3: Cosmetics/Personal Care Products) and over-the-counter drugs (455-4: OTC Drugs). Aimed at reducing the number of audits and the associated costs of auditing to multiple independent standards, the GRMA standards help manufacturers centralize their efforts in continuous improvement and industry best practices while giving consumers greater confidence in the products they choose.

“Jessica works hard to promote and facilitate voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems. Few in the standards development community have done more to protect and improve human health and the environment,” said Lori Bestervelt, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NSF International.

Using the ANSI standards development process, Jessica also facilitated collaboration in the marketplace that led to the development of several innovative sustainability standards, including:

  • NSF/ANSI 426: 2018: Environmental Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility Assessment of Servers, which defines environmental and corporate social responsibility performance criteria for computer servers as defined in the ENERGY STAR Computer Servers Program Specification.
  • NSF/ANSI 457: 2017: Sustainability Leadership of Photovoltaic Modules, which establishes product sustainability performance criteria and corporate performance metrics that exemplify sustainability leadership for photovoltaic (PV) modules.

For information on NSF International’s role in standards development, visit NSF’s standards web page.