Q&A: NSF/GCI/ANSI 355: Greener Chemicals and Processes Information

  • Open Who developed NSF/GCI/ANSI 355: Greener Chemicals and Processes Information?

    NSF International established a partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) to help develop this consensus-based standard through the ANSI process.

  • Open What is the purpose of NSF/GCI/ANSI 355?

    To provide the chemical enterprise with a voluntary and standardized way to define and report on:

    • Chemical characteristics
      • Human health effects
      • Ecological effects
      • Physical safety properties
    • Chemical processes
      • Chemical efficiency and waste prevention
      • Water
      • Energy
      • Biobased carbon content
      • Process safety
    • Social responsibility
  • Open Who are potential users of NSF/GCI/ANSI 355?

    Manufacturers of chemicals can develop one report to satisfy many requests.  Resulting reports form a normalized framework for business-to-business communication.

    Users of chemicals receive a standardized set of information about a chemical product’s hazard profile and manufacturing process impacts. They can use this information as a foundation for informed decision-making. Additionally, they can use this information to feed into current decision-making tools such as:

    • Clean Production Action GreenScreen™
    • U.S. EPA Design for the Environment
    • CleanGredients®
    • iSUSTAIN™
    • GHS - Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals
    • REACH
  • Open What are the benefits of certification?

    NSF certified NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 reports are third-party verified to contain accurate, current and complete information that facilitates greener chemical choices. If your company is interested in certifying to this standard, call +1 734.476.2543 or email greenchemistry@nsf.org.

  • Open What are NSF International standards?

    NSF International develops consensus-based American National Standards to promote public health and safety. NSF standards are developed through involvement of stakeholders affected by the standard. The process ensures balanced input from industry representatives, public health/regulatory officials, user/consumer representatives and other relevant interest groups.

    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredits NSF as a standards developer, which means NSF standards are developed ensuring openness and due process allowing for equity and fair play.