Partnership will broaden the reach of personnel certification courses for food and beverage industry professionals

GUELPH, Ontario – NSF-GFTC, part of the NSF International family of companies, has entered into a partnership agreement with the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB).

This partnership allows NSF-GFTC to extend its high quality much sought-after training courses, guidance and tools to a broader audience, helping organizations ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer requirements and high global standards for product safety and quality.

The partnership with PECB will also add personnel certifications for international standards to NSF-GFTC’s suite of training offerings, including ISO 22000: Lead Auditor, ISO 9001: Foundation Course and ISO 9001: Lead Auditor, among others.

Compliance and adherence to ISO International Standards ensures that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. ISO certification helps companies access new markets, facilitate free and fair global trade, and gain a competitive edge in today’s global marketplace.

“We are very pleased to enter into this partnership with PECB. Our two organizations share a common goal to provide quality training and with this expansion personnel certification is now available to NSF International clients globally,” said Petra Schennach, Global Managing Director, Training and Education with NSF International.

About NSF-GFTC: The NSF Global Food Division, which now includes NSF-GFTC, provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, from agriculture, produce, processing, distribution, retail and restaurants. NSF is the leading certifier to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in North America (certifying to SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P., FSSC 22000, IFS, BAP and CanadaGAP) and offers expert auditing, consulting, training and technical services, including packaging, food labeling, HACCP validation and inspection, organic food certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI), and specialty food verification and certification. NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds and bottled water/beverages.

About PECB: PECB has been serving clients all around the world by offering a wide variety of professional certifications for international standards, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO/IEC 20000, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27005, ISO 22301, ISO 26000, ISO 22000, OHSAS 18001, ISO 28000, ISO 50001, Certified Lead Forensics Examiner, etc. PECB works closely with business clients to comprehend their strategies and goals for a customized approach to greater professional well-being. Our mission is to provide our clients comprehensive examination and certification services for individuals. Certification represents the intersection of protection of the public, fairness to candidates, and often, various interests of the profession. Although these may appear to be competing interests, a well-designed certification program will be most effective in meeting these interests when its resources are deployed to enhance validity and reliability. The guidance that follows in our Quality Manual is intended to ensure that PECB develops, maintains and improves a high quality recognized certification program. For further information regarding PECB principal objectives and activities, visit www.pecb.com.

Media Contacts:

Canada: Lise Smedmor, NSF-GFTC Phone: +1 519-821-1246, ext. 5024 Email: lsmedmor@nsf.org
USA: Liz Nowland-Margolis, NSF International Phone: +1 734-418-6624 Email: media@nsf.org.