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What does NSF mean?
Article Title: What does NSF mean?
Article Summary: What is means when a product is "NSF Listed"
Article Date: 9/3/2003
Article ID: 667
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NSF has developed over 50 voluntary American National Standards for public health and safety. NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop American National Standards.  To maintain the integrity of the NSF Mark, as well as the name of the listed manufacturer, NSF monitors all aspects of the production and supply process. No other independent testing programs require companies to comply with the strict standards imposed by NSF and its product certification programs. From extensive product testing and material analyses to unannounced plant inspections, NSF is the only third-party testing organization to undertake a complete evaluation of every aspect of a product's development before it can earn their certification.

Most importantly, NSF Certification is not a one-time activity. They do not just test a single model of a product and give it their okay. Their certification programs require regular on-site inspections of the manufacturing facilities. In addition, certified products are periodically re-tested against the requirements of the most current version of the applicable national standard. If for any reason a product fails to meet one or more of their certification criteria, they will take whatever enforcement actions they deem necessary to protect the public, including product recall, public notification, or de-certification.

The NSF Mark can be found on millions of consumer, commercial, and industrial products today. Products evaluated and certified by NSF International include bottled water, food equipment, home water treatment products, home appliances, plumbing and faucets, and even pool and spa components.

The next time you are shopping for a food or water-related product that may potentially affect the health of you or your family, look to see if the NSF Mark is on the product. This mark is your assurance that the product has been tested by one of the most respected independent certification companies in existence today, NSF International.
For more information, visit their website at: http://www.nsf.org/



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