24-Feb-2011

NSF International opens testing laboratory in China

NSF International Shanghai chemistry laboratory will perform testing on a variety of products, including filling materials (excipients) used to manufacture pharmaceutical pills and tablets, dietary supplements and ingredients

NSF International, an independent public health and safety organisation headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, US, has opened a new NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory in China, expanding its services in Asia to include testing in food equipment, dietary supplements and ingredients, excipients and consumer products.

Additionally, the facility will provide on-site training in HACCP and GMP, GLP, quality and regulatory compliance for these sectors.

The 11,000m2 laboratory complements NSF’s existing certification services in China and provides a means to source safer products, raw materials and ingredients from Asia through independent, third party testing and certification.

Headed by laboratory manager Dongjing Liu, the lab will work with NSF Shanghai Co, a joint venture between NSF International and the Shanghai Audit Centre of Quality System (SAC) set up in 2005 and approved by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA), to support product certification for companies in China making food equipment, dietary supplements and other consumer products and streamline the import/export process.

The NSF Shanghai Co joint venture also offers management systems certifications (e.g. ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949) and global food safety certification.

‘NSF International is pleased to bring its testing and technology services to China and Asia. The combination of Asia’s growing export market and the need to ensure the safety and quality of raw materials, ingredients, consumer products and food creates a greater demand for third-party testing and certification services from a reputable organisation like NSF International,’ said Lori Bestervelt, NSF International senior vp and chief technical officer.

‘The opening of the NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory will help companies in Asia ensure the quality of their materials, demonstrate compliance with international public health standards, and conserve resources by eliminating the need to ship product to the US for testing.’

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