Nonfood Compounds and Chemical Registration

Show the food industry your chemical products can be trusted. NSF International registers a wide range of chemical compounds and proprietary substances, including lubricants and cleaning products.
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Gain greater product acceptance for your lubricants, cleaning products, water treatment chemicals and other chemical compounds. NSF’s registration requirements encompass key regional and global food safety program guidelines, helping ensure registered products comply with industry regulations.

NSF’s registration marks are recognized worldwide and are often the only marks accepted by food and beverage companies. Using registered products supports Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans as well as compliance to GFSI certification programs.

Food-Grade Lubricants

Demonstrate your food-grade lubricants follow food safety schemes adopted by regulatory agencies around the world. An H1 registration from NSF verifies that your product is suitable to use in applications where incidental contact could occur between the lubricant and food during normal operations.

Registrations evaluate chemical risks by reviewing product formulations and labels. In addition to H1 food-grade lubricants, we also register:

  • H2 lubricants (industrial grade)
  • H3 lubricants (soluble oils)
  • HT-1 heat transfer fluids (incidental food contact allowed)
  • HT-2 heat transfer fluids (no food contact allowed)
  • U1 metal working fluids (surface lubricants used in the manufacture of metallic articles)
  • U2 metal working fluids (cutting oils)

ISO 21469 Certification

NSF lists online all ISO 21469 products we certify. This makes finding certified lubricants easier for food and beverage processors as well as decision makers in other industries that accept ISO 21469, such as pharmaceutical, cosmetics and animal feed manufacturing.

ISO 21469 certifications are an upgrade to H1 registrations. Both H1 and ISO 21469 address chemical safety; however, ISO 21469 also reviews physical and biological risks associated with the manufacture of a lubricant. The certification process includes plant audits, facility risk assessments and product testing.

Cleaning Products

Provide the food industry with assurances that your chemical cleaning and hand sanitizer products are suitable to use in food production facilities or restaurant operations. Register them with NSF.

There is currently no official regulatory agency that oversees cleaning products used by the food industry. As a result, food processors and foodservice operators around the world use NSF’s registration program as their regulatory guidance for cleaning products.

NSF’s registration mark is not only trusted by those in the food industry, but by food safety regulators and auditors as well. Our registration requirements include a formulation review, label review, traceability review and, if applicable, product testing.

Water Treatment Chemicals

Even though the same chemicals can be used to treat both drinking water and water used in food or beverage facilities, they may be subject to different rules and regulations. Registering them with NSF can help your clients know your products meet the right requirements.

Get Greater Product Visibility

The food industry and regulators worldwide use our online listings every day to find NSF-reviewed products and to confirm their registration status. The name of NSF’s online listing directory for nonfood compounds is the White Book™. This is where product registration letters can be viewed and downloaded.

NSF also registers hand care products, laundry products, sealants, antimicrobial products and more. For a complete product overview, contact us to receive our must current Registration Guidelines for Proprietary Substances and Nonfood Compounds.

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