Q&A: Commercial Food Equipment Standards
Who accredits NSF to develop standards?
NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in accordance with ISO/IEC Guide 65. ANSI’s role includes approving key policy documents, reviewing the evaluation process, making accreditation decisions and monitoring/auditing programs.
How are NSF/ANSI food equipment standards developed?
The NSF standards development process involves balanced input from industry representatives, public health/regulatory officials and users/consumer representatives. The groups work together to determine requirements for the consensus standard, including test methods if necessary. After a standard is published, the group reconvenes occasionally or as needed if significant changes have occurred with the product type or regulatory industry.