NSF is a National Sanitation Foundation, for product testing, inspection, and certification organization that is international and also offers to consult and training services in worldwide. The meaning of NSF is National Sanitation Foundation.
It was founded in 1944 by the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health as the National Sanitation Foundation to standardize food safety and other requirements.
The procedure designed to create the initial NSF International standards for the cleanliness of soda fountains and luncheonette equipment evolved into the procedure used to create other public health and safety standards. NSF has created more than 80 American National Standards for public health and safety as of this writing. The official name of NSF Worldwide was changed in 1990 as the organization expanded its services beyond sanitation and into new international markets.
With services for the pharmaceutical, medical device, in vitro diagnostic, and biotech businesses, NSF’s Health Sciences division promotes the protection of public health worldwide. NSF provides a variety of services related to the health sciences, including clinical research, product certification, training, and consultation.
A variety of clinical product development services are offered by Amarex, an NSF subsidiary. Dietary supplement, cosmetic, and over-the-counter good manufacturing practices certification, dietary supplement content testing and certification, and dietary supplement NSF Certified for Sport certification are all examples of health science product certification.
North America, South America, Europe, and China are all home to NSF laboratories. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has granted NSF’s laboratories accreditation. NSF laboratories hold ISO 17025 accreditation (testing and calibration). For the home appliance and consumer product industries (such as beverage quality, food service equipment, nutritional supplement, and filtration systems), the retail food, growers, processors, and seafood industries, the pipes, plumbing components, and treatment chemicals for the water industry, as well as analytical testing for the supplement and pharmaceutical industry, they offer a wide range of testing and support certification efforts and technical services.
Round-robin testing at several labs helps to assure repeatability, and balloting ensures the majority rule for any revisions to standards relating to testing requirements. Any balloted adjustment to a standard must receive final approval from the NSF Council of Public Health Consultants in order to support the organization’s purpose of enhancing and safeguarding public health.