NSF/GCI/ANSI 355: Greener Chemicals and Processes Information

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

NSF/GCI/ANSI 355: Greener Chemicals and Processes Information was developed by the NSF National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS and the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) through a consensus-based public process with the involvement of a multi-stakeholder group of manufacturers, suppliers, regulatory agencies, customers, academicians and other industry participants. This American National Standard provides a means to report the environmental aspects of a chemical and its manufacturing process over its entire life cycle.

NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 is used to prepare a data report in a standard format that includes specific data on chemical products and processes in a number of key areas:

  • 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

For more information on the standard, download the NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 Q&A brochure. For more information on NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 certification or to request a quote, call +1 734.476.2543 or email greenchemistry@nsf.org.

To purchase a copy of the NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 standard, visit the NSF Bookstore. For more information regarding the standard itself, call +1 734.913.5774 or email ncss@nsf.org.

Benefits of Certification

NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 defines a standardized way for manufacturers to report accurate and credible chemical information to the downstream chemical user.

Benefits to Chemical Manufacturers

Our preparation of data reports in accordance with this American National Standard allows manufacturers to:

  • Provide customers with a single, comprehensive, standardized data report to satisfy many different requests for information, with the report serving as a basis for a normalized framework for business-to-business communication about chemicals throughout the supply chain
  • Save significant resources currently dedicated to responding to customer data requests that require different data sets and formats

Benefits to Chemical Users

Specification of NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 data reports allows formulators or other users of chemicals to receive a certified report containing complete, up-to-date, verified information from their suppliers that may be used as a foundation for informed decision-making.

Streamline your chemical reporting process with NSF/GCI/ANSI 355.

Why Work With NSF?

NSF Sustainability established a partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) to help develop NSF/GCI/ANSI 355: Greener Chemicals and Processes Information. NSF Sustainability, through the National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS), worked closely with leading regulators, public health and environment professionals, scientists and other stakeholder groups to develop this standard for the green chemistry industry.

NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 is the only standard available to document information on sustainability-related attributes of chemical products and processes, allowing manufacturers and formulators to easily compare the hazards and process impacts of chemical products.

Certification Process

The NSF Sustainability team offers credible and thorough third-party certification services for manufacturers seeking verification of their chemical information in a standard report. Upon completion of the NSF certification process, manufacturers are authorized to use the NSF Sustainability Certified mark on the report. Recipients of a certified NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 report can be assured the data provided in the report is accurate, complete and up-to-date.

Download a copy of the NSF/GCI/ANSI 355 report format.

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  • 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™
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    • U.S. EPA Design for the Environment
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    • CleanGredients®
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    • iSUSTAIN™
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    • GHS - Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals
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    • 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.

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