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BOSTON, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- JSI Research & Training Institute (JSI), in partnership with the World Health Organization Collaborating Center and the National Implementation Research Network at the University of North Carolina, is pleased to announce the Family...


News Article | October 28, 2016
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Hankscraft, Inc. has earned certification to NSF/ANSI 42 and 53, American National Standards for drinking water treatment systems, for its Elements Bluefilters models UF-5-BF and UF-5-BF-NF from global public health organization NSF International. The systems are now certified to filter microbiologic impurities and remove undesired taste and odors. Hankscraft Elements’ Bluefilters UF 5 Ultra-filtration System has 5 stages of filtration, including a heavy duty sediment pre-filter, activated carbon/KDF filter, ultra-filtration cartridge, inline activated carbon filter, and a bio-ceramic resonator cartridge. The system works using existing household water pressure and is able to remove impurities such as inorganic chemicals, algae and other common contaminants down to .01 micron. It also effectively removes parasites such as Cyst, Cryptosporidium, Toxoplasma, Giardia, and Entamoeba. The UF 5 is easy to install and fits conveniently under the sink for continuous clean water throughout the home. NSF International led the development of the American National Standards for all materials/products coming into contact with drinking water. Today, government agencies around the world utilize NSF International standards to verify the safety and performance of various types of water treatment devices, as well as other water contact products, like treatment chemicals, pipes and plumbing components, to ensure these products do not leach harmful levels of contaminants into drinking water. To earn certification to NSF/ANSI 42 and 53: Drinking Water Treatment Units, Hankscraft’s models were subject to rigorous testing, including material safety, structural integrity and evaluation of total dissolved solids (TDS) reduction. This standard was created to address the specific technologies and product specifications related to reverse osmosis systems. “By achieving NSF certification to NSF/ANSI 42 and 53 for its reverse osmosis system, Hankscraft has proven its commitment to public health and safety,” said Tina Yerkes, NSF International’s General Manager of Global Filtration Products. “NSF International certification verifies that their models will not leach specific harmful contaminants into drinking water, are structurally sound and perform as claimed.” To see all contaminant reduction claims and Hankscraft’s official NSF listing for this device, please visit their official NSF certification listing. “Hankscraft is proud to earn NSF/ANSI 42 and 53 certification for our cutting-edge Elements Bluefilters UF 5 system and we are able to offer this product at a time when so many people need a reliable, high-performance under-sink filtration system to make their water safe to drink and use in the kitchen”, says Bob Kappel, Director of Hankscraft H2O Products. “The Elements Bluefilters UF 5 system has no equal in the industry and offers superior performance and reliability for the average homeowner who questions the quality of the water from their faucet, but is troubled by the environmental impact and expense of buying bottled water. The Elements Bluefilters UF 5 system truly represents an economical, environmentally-friendly way to deliver clean, safe drinking water to you and your family.” For more information on the details and requirements of NSF certification, please visit NSF International’s website. About Hankscraft, Inc.: Founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 1920, Hankscraft Inc. is privately held with over 300 employees worldwide who, guided by their mission and values, provide customers around the world with a wide range of products and services through five distinct divisions. Hankscraft launched the H2O Products Division in 2000 when the company began manufacturing softener valve motors for one of the largest water treatment companies in the world. In 2005, Hankscraft began providing replacement parts for these industry-standard valves, which quickly evolved into providing entire valves and systems in 2009. Today, the H2O Product Division offers a full line of water treatment systems, valves and replacement parts. About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards and protocols, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. The NSF Water Division provides testing, certification and auditing for municipal water treatment components and chemicals, plastic piping systems, plumbing fixtures and fittings, point-of-use and point-of-entry water systems and filters, and pool and spa equipment and chemicals. NSF international led the development of the American National Standards for all materials and products that treat or come in contact with drinking water to help protect public health and the environment and minimize adverse health effects.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, today announced the retirement of Bob Pietrowski, Ph.D., a 40-year veteran of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries who has served as Vice President of NSF International’s Global Health Sciences Division since 2013. Martin Lush, who previously led NSF International’s pharma biotech business, will be appointed Global Vice President of NSF Pharma Biotech and Medical Devices based near York, UK. In this role, Lush will design and execute the business strategy for NSF International’s global pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device services, reporting to Lori Bestervelt, Ph.D., Executive Vice President & Chief Technical Officer of NSF International. Bestervelt will oversee the organization’s dietary supplement, beverage quality, and cosmetics and personal care products certification and GMP services. “Bob Pietrowski’s character, expertise and leadership are unparalleled in the global health sciences industries,” said Kevan P. Lawlor, CEO and President of NSF International. “He has been an important part of our organization’s growth during the last decade. His impact on NSF International and the industry will be felt for many years to come.” “Bob’s vast knowledge and extensive experience in biologicals and biotech manufacturing has been invaluable to NSF International and our teams involved in R&D, quality control and product management,” Dr. Bestervelt said. “He has been a trusted colleague, leader, mentor and friend to so many of us. We wish him well in his retirement.” Dr. Pietrowski’s official retirement date is January 31, 2017. He joined NSF International in 2007 to lead the organization’s training, auditing and consulting programs for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In 2013, he was named Vice President of NSF International’s Health Sciences Division reporting to Bestervelt and serving the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, dietary supplement, cosmetics and beverage industries. Under his leadership, Health Sciences became NSF International’s fastest growing division consistently year after year. Prior to NSF International, Dr. Pietrowski served as Managing Partner of the pharmaceutical/biotech consultancy David Begg Associates near York, UK, which NSF International acquired in 2007. His career in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries dates back to the 1970s. Martin Lush has been appointed Global Vice President of NSF Pharma Biotech and Medical Devices, also reporting to Bestervelt. A veteran of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, Lush currently leads NSF International’s pharma biotech services. Previously, he served as a Senior Partner at the pharmaceutical/biotech consultancy David Begg Associates near York, UK, which NSF International acquired in 2007. Additionally, Lush has worked for several pharmaceutical manufacturing firms, holding senior leadership positions in the areas of quality assurance, quality control, development, supply chain, corporate auditing and governance. He is certified as a Qualified Person in the European Union (EU). During his career, Lush has helped educate regulatory inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the World Health Organization and seven other regulatory agencies. His areas of expertise include human error prevention, behavioral change, aseptic manufacture and biotechnology products and processes, and he has helped design, build and validate 18 sterile processing manufacturing plants. In addition to his leadership role at NSF International, Lush is actively involved in pharmaceutical consultancy, education, remediation prevention and support, and due diligence. “Not only does Martin have years of direct industry experience in a variety of key roles, he has a passion for quality – modernizing attitudes about quality, creating cultures of quality and developing systems to help clients prepare for the future,” Lawlor said. “With experience in more than 55 countries on five continents, he is truly a global thought leader in the health sciences.” “I think we can expect great things from Martin Lush, who brings unique talents and expertise to this important leadership role,” Dr. Bestervelt said. “We’ve all benefited from Martin’s deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical/biotech industries and I look forward to working with him, and learning from him, in the years to come.” Editor’s Note: For more information or interviews, contact Liz Nowland-Margolis at media(at)nsf(dot)org or +1 734.418.6624. About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 165 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.


News Article | November 16, 2016
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(PHILADELPHIA) November 16, 2016 - Hospitals that employ more nurse assistants relative to the number of professionally qualified nurses have higher mortality rates, lower patient satisfaction, and poorer quality and safety of care, according to a new European study published today in the leading scientific journal BMJ Quality and Safety. This study highlights the risks to patient safety and quality in hospitals that employ a greater proportion of lower skilled caregivers, say the lead study authors from the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing). The article, 'Nursing Skill Mix in European Hospitals: Cross-sectional Study of the Association with Mortality, Patient Ratings, and Quality of Care,' is available here through open access. The authors note that the study's findings in Europe closely mirror those from the United States and Canada where research has consistently shown that patients' lives and money could be saved by moving to a hospital nursing skill mix with a higher proportion of registered nurses (RNs). Costs are lower because good professional nurse staffing is associated with fewer costs incurred by patient complications. This is the largest study to date of the outcomes of variations in nursing skill mix in European hospitals and finds: A total of 242 representative hospitals were studied in Belgium, England, Finland, Ireland, Spain, and Switzerland. These countries are a subset of the 12 countries included in the large EU-funded RN4CAST study on the impact of nursing on quality of care in European hospitals selected because of the availability of independent data on mortality and patient satisfaction among hospitalized patients. The outcomes of 275,519 patients undergoing general surgery were reviewed. Some 18,828 patients rated their hospital care experience and 13,077 nurses practicing in the study hospitals reported on staffing levels and quality and safety of care. "The contention of some leaders in health care that fewer highly skilled professional nurses in hospitals supported by lower skilled, lower waged workers is safe and cost effective is not supported by this study," says lead author Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, Director of Penn Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. "This research is consistent with a growing body of research showing that sufficient numbers of professional nurses providing direct care to hospitalized patients produces the best outcomes and avoids costly adverse care outcomes." "This is a very timely study because the NHS in England has announced its intention to train a new category of worker called 'nursing associates' who have limited qualifications and to use a measure that ignores the distinctions between registered nurses and untrained assistants when comparing staffing levels between hospitals and wards," added co-author, Peter Griffiths, Chair of Health Services Research at the University of Southampton. "England has one of the lowest percentages among European countries of professional nurses at the bedside already. Our study suggests that the NHS needs to focus on achieving safe registered nurse staffing levels as a means to achieve better outcomes including improving patients' satisfaction with their care." Co-author, Anne Marie Rafferty, DPhil (Oxon) RN, from the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College London adds, "Our study finds that high professional nurse burnout and job dissatisfaction in hospital nursing practice is not alleviated by adding lower skilled workers. This fuels staff turnover and poses a significant threat to the sustainability of the NHS. Our results suggest that achieving safe professional nurse staffing is a more efficient and productive way to retain more nurses at the hospital bedside." "The findings are highly relevant to Europe with its difficulties in recovering from the economic crisis and facing continuous austerity measures in health care," said Walter Sermeus, co-author at KU Leuven and European coordinator of the RN4CAST study. The RN4CAST study was funded by European Union's Seventh Framework Program (223468) and the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health (NR014855). Editor's Notes: The researchers report no conflicts of interest. About the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is one of the world's leading schools of nursing, is consistently ranked as one of the top graduate nursing schools in the United States, and is among the nation's top recipients of nursing research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Penn Nursing prepares nurse scientists and nurse leaders to meet the health needs of a global society through research, education, and practice. Follow Penn Nursing on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram & YouTube. About the University of Southampton Through world-leading research and enterprise activities, the University of Southampton connects with businesses to create real-world solutions to global issues. Through its educational offering, it works with partners around the world to offer relevant, flexible education, which trains students for jobs not even thought of. This connectivity is what sets Southampton apart from the rest; we make connections and change the world. http://www. About the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery is the direct descendant of the Nightingale Training School established at St Thomas' Hospital in 1860. We are the world's first school of nursing. We develop leading-edge nurses and midwives of tomorrow - practitioners, partners, and leaders in their field. The Faculty is ranked as the number one faculty for nursing in the UK (QS For further information, please visit the website: http://www. About KU Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy, University of Leuven, Belgium The KU Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy is a world-leading research and education institute for healthcare management and policy. It is recently designated as a WHO Collaborating Center for Human Resources Research and Policy. http://www. .


News Article | February 15, 2017
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NSF International, a global public health organization, has launched a certification program for light fixtures intended for use in controlled environments. The new protocol, NSF P442: Controlled Environment Light Fixtures, offers clients the ability to demonstrate through a single certification that their light fixtures are constructed in a way that enables them to be used in controlled environments where low air pollutant levels, cleanability, durability and structural integrity are critical. These environments may include pharmaceutical processing, biotech research, biosafety laboratories, surgical suites, clean room manufacturing, food processing and horticulture. Prior to the development of NSF P442, lighting manufacturers had to either generate their own test data or use multiple test organizations to obtain the data required to fully demonstrate the safety of their products. Certification to NSF P442: Controlled Environment Light Fixtures incorporates three different tests into one independent, third-party certification, saving manufacturers time and money. “NSF International developed the protocol with industry input in response to an industry need for a single certification for light fixtures used in controlled environments,” said Maren Roush, Business Unit Manager, Biosafety Cabinetry Program, NSF International. “NSF P442: Controlled Environment Light Fixtures integrates a variety of tests that were previously used by lighting manufacturers to demonstrate the safety of their products for use in controlled environments. NSF International performs this single-step, independent certification to verify the design, construction and performance of light fixtures that are intended for use in controlled environments such as surgery suites, clean room manufacturing, biosafety labs and pharmaceutical processing.” NSF International uses a consensus-based process in developing certifications and protocols that includes input from industry stakeholders and manufacturers. In addition to certifying lighting for controlled environments, NSF International also offers a Biosafety Cabinet Field Certifier Accreditation Program and certifies to NSF/ANSI 49: Biosafety Cabinetry, which establishes requirements for the design, construction and performance of biosafety cabinets. The standard applies to Class II biosafety cabinets, which provide environmental and product protection for work and employees involved in procedures assigned to biosafety levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. Editor’s Note: To schedule an interview with Maren Roush, Business Unit Manager, Biosafety Cabinetry, NSF International, contact Liz Nowland-Margolis at media(at)nsf(dot)org or +1 734.418.6624. NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 165 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and the Environment.


Global public health organization NSF International has developed a test method and protocol — P473: Drinking Water Treatment Units - PFOA and PFOS — to verify a water treatment device’s ability to reduce perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) to below the health advisory levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A total of 17 Aquasana, Inc. drinking water filters are the first products to earn certification to the protocol. PFOA and PFOS are fluorinated organic chemicals that are part of a larger group of chemicals referred to as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). They have been used to manufacture carpets, clothing, cookware, fabrics for furniture and paper packaging that are resistant to water, grease or stains. They are also used for firefighting at airports and in a number of industrial processes. In recent years, peer-reviewed studies and news reports have raised consumer awareness of PFOA and PFOS in public drinking water supplies. Exposure to PFOA and PFOS over certain levels may result in adverse health effects, including developmental effects to fetuses or to breastfed infants, cancer, liver damage, immune disorders, thyroid disorders and other adverse effects. Both PFOA and PFOS are on the EPA Contaminate Candidate List, CCL 3. In May 2016, the EPA established health advisory levels for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water at 70 parts per trillion. When both PFOA and PFOS are found in drinking water, the combined concentrations should not exceed the 70 parts per trillion health advisory level. “Our mission is to deliver the healthiest water possible, and that means working with NSF International to stay ahead of the increasing types of contaminants affecting our nation’s water supply by providing the very best filtration technology and performance,” said Todd Bartee, CEO of Aquasana, Inc. “Aquasana is leading the charge as the first to offer families a premium product that is NSF certified to protect against PFOA contamination." NSF International developed the PFOA and PFOS test protocol at the request of regulatory agencies and manufacturers. Water treatment devices certified to P473: Drinking Water Treatment Units - PFOA and PFOS are designed to provide an additional barrier of protection against these chemicals and to supplement the treatment of drinking water. Currently, the scope of the protocol includes testing methods for water treatment technologies like point-of-use carbon-based and reverse osmosis treatment systems. People using the municipal water system should always follow instructions provided by their water utility, even if a certified filter is being used. To earn NSF International certification to P473, water treatment systems, including water filters, must undergo extensive testing to confirm that they meet the strict material safety and structural requirements of NSF/ANSI 53, an American National Standard for drinking water treatment units. Reverse osmosis systems must also meet all of the requirements of NSF/ANSI 58. In accordance with these standards, NSF International verifies that: To make a PFOA/PFOS reduction claim, a water filter must be able to reduce these chemicals to below the EPA healthy advisory limit of 70 parts per trillion. Certified products must be retested periodically and manufacturing facilities must be inspected every year, which ensures products continue to meet all requirements. “NSF International has been developing national standards, testing and certifying products for more than 70 years,” said Tina Yerkes, General Manager of Filtration Programs at NSF International. “Our new protocol gives manufacturers a way to independently verify that their water treatment technologies can effectively reduce PFOA and PFOS to levels below those set by the EPA. This will help consumers choose a water treatment device that fits their needs and be confident it can reduce these specific contaminants as the manufacturer claims.” The following Aquasana, Inc. drinking water filters are the first products to earn certification to the protocol: For more information about P473: Drinking Water Treatment Units - PFOA and PFOS, please contact Tina Yerkes, General Manager of Filtration Programs at NSF International, at tyerkes(at)nsf(dot)org or +1.734.418-6596. To find products certified for reduction of PFOA and PFOS, visit the official NSF certification listings or call NSF International’s consumer information specialist at 1.800.673.8010 or send an email to info(at)nsf(dot)org. Editor’s Note: To schedule an interview with an NSF International expert on drinking water filtration, contact Liz Nowland-Margolis at media(at)nsf(dot)org or +1 734.418.6624. About NSF International: NSF International (nsf.org) is a global independent organization that develops standards, and tests and certifies products to these standards for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 165 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. NSF International led the development of the American National Standards for all materials and products that treat or come in contact with drinking water. In 1990, the U.S. EPA replaced its own drinking water product advisory program with these NSF standards. Today, most major plumbing codes require certification to NSF standards for pipes and plumbing components in commercial and residential buildings.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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Hankscraft Inc. has received authorization from global public health organization NSF International to be listed in the NSF White Book™ through the NSF Nonfood Compounds Registration program, a voluntary registration program to verify the safety of products to be used in food and beverage processing. This authorization is for Hankscraft’s handwashing and sanitizing products, RedDot Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap (E2) and RedDot Fragrance-Free Foaming Hand Soap (E1). To register a product in the NSF White Book™, the product receives a thorough toxicological review to ensure that the product meets the safety requirements for the category code that is appropriate for the products end use. “By registering their products to the NSF Nonfood Compounds Program, Hankscraft has proven its commitment to public health and safety,” said Ashlee Breitner, NSF International’s Business Unit Manager for Nonfood Compounds. “NSF International’s registration verifies that their products meet the category requirements and are therefore acceptable to be used in food processing facilities.” To view Hankscraft’s official NSF listing for these products, please visit their official NSF White Book™ listing. "We are proud that we have achieved NSF approval on both our Fragrance-Free Foaming Hand Soap and our Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap," said Andy Ahrens, Vice President & General Manager of RedDot Brands. "NSF is the go-to agency that facilities turn to for risk management solutions and we're very pleased to be aligned with their organization." For more information on the details and requirements of the NSF Nonfood Compounds Registration Program, please visit NSF International’s website. About Hankscraft, Inc. / RedDot Brands: Founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 1920, Hankscraft Inc. is privately held with over 300 employees worldwide who, guided by their mission and values, provide customers around the world with a wide range of products and services through five distinct divisions. Hankscraft launched RedDot Brands in 2016 after identifying an industry need for enhanced branding and customization for distributors and end users in the Lodging, Foodservice, Commercial Building, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Education markets. The product line is centered on a core offering of the most commonly used automated and mechanical dispenser products. About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards and protocols, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. The NSF Nonfood Compounds Program is an independent, third-party review that evaluates the safety of product formulations for use in food and beverage processing. Launched in 1999, NSF’s registration program is based on previous USDA requirements outlined in the U.S. FDA 21, 9 and 40 CFR. The program addresses the toxicology, odor potential and intended use classification for a wide variety of products including laundry products, solvent cleaners, sewer and drain cleaners, hand care products and degreasers.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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NSF International and ISMS Solutions are expanding their partnership to help organizations successfully attain the requirements of multiple information security standards through a single service. This partnership offers organizations full-service information security consulting and verification services. In order to conduct business with the federal government, federal contractors are required to meet numerous standards and requirements. These requirements now include multiple information security standards and guidelines. Additionally, many private organizations are voluntarily adopting these same information security requirements to ensure the safety of their supply chains, consumer databases, brand images and intellectual property assets. NSF International and ISMS Solutions have partnered to expand their service offerings. These services include a proprietary software platform, on-site consulting and cutting-edge technology that help organizations develop, implement and verify compliance with the multiple information security requirements and platforms they seek to meet. “In evolving business practices, sending data and information that can be proprietary or sensitive to organizations is becoming more commonplace, which increases the potential for added security risks,” said Tom Chestnut, Senior Vice President, NSF International. “The strength in the partnership between NSF International and ISMS Solutions is that businesses and organizations can receive full-service information security consulting, implementation and verification services from two trusted organizations through a single service.” NSF International and ISMS Solutions originally partnered to create NSF Conformance Works, the first risk and compliance tool designed to help organizations and their supply chains assess their conformance to the new requirements of the revised quality standard, ISO 9001:2015. “ISMS Solutions and NSF International are leaders in their industries, making this expansion a great asset to companies looking to verify that they meet information security standards,” said Jason Clark, Chief Executive Officer of ISMS Solutions. “Our partnership provides organizations expertise in consulting and compliance to multiple information security requirements.” For more information on these security systems services, NSF Conformance Works or the partnership between NSF International and ISMS Solutions, visit http://www.nsf.org or contact Kevin Hall at conformanceworks(at)nsf(dot)org. Editor’s Note: Media interested in more information can contact Liz Nowland-Margolis at media(at)nsf(dot)org or +1 734-418-6624. About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 165 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. About ISMS Solutions: ISMS Solutions is the only management consulting firm that employs a holistic, organized approach to addressing governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) strategy and implementation. The ISMS Solutions team of compliance experts collaborate with clients to customize, implement and automate standards and processes that meet or exceed international certification standards set by many of the standard organizations. With our proprietary SaaS platform, Conformance Works, clients can easily and seamlessly manage customized risk and compliance initiatives across their organizations, as well as their vendors and other associated companies.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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(PRWEB) January 18, 2017 -- Global public health organization NSF International has certified the first drinking water pitcher to reduce arsenic V (pentavalent arsenic) to NSF/ANSI 53: Drinking Water Treatment Units – Health Effects, an American National Standard for drinking water treatment units. This certification verifies that MicroCeramics’ NanoNose Pitcher Filter System filters the water to reduce arsenic to at or below the health advisory levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) of 10 parts per billion (ppb). NSF International also certified the Midea-NanoNose filtration cartridge, which houses the NanoNose filtration technology for pour-through water filters, to NSF/ANSI 53. Most arsenic enters the drinking water supply either from natural deposits in the earth or from industrial and agricultural pollution. According to the WHO, more than 200 million people worldwide might be chronically exposed to arsenic in drinking water. Long-term exposure can lead to chronic arsenic poisoning and to certain cancers. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has been ranking arsenic in first place on its toxic substance priority list for more than 16 years.* “Arsenic in drinking water threatens public health worldwide,” said Liangjie Dong, CEO of San Jose-based Mesofilter Inc. and NanoNose inventor. “The technology was researched, developed and refined over a period of 12 years at the University of Hawaii with the collaboration of China Medical University in Shenyang, China. We are so pleased to be able to offer the NanoNose Pitcher Filter System certified by NSF International. We will continue to innovate next-generation water filtration technology and products in our Silicon Valley headquarters.” Certification to NSF/ANSI 53: Drinking Water Treatment Units – Health Effects means that the product reduces pentavalent arsenic (or arsenic V) in drinking water to at or below 10 ppb and has been tested to ensure the safety of materials which come in contact with drinking water. Certification also includes annual facility audits of the manufacturing facility to ensure the products continue to meet the standard. “NSF International continues to protect and improve public health by certifying products worldwide that help improve the quality of drinking water,” said Clif McLellan, Vice President of Water Systems at NSF International. “NSF’s certification of the NanoNose Pitcher Filter System and Midea-NanoNose filtration cartridge to the NSF/ANSI 53 means consumers now have a verified solution to reduce pentavalent arsenic (or arsenic V) in their drinking water to 10 ppb which is set by the EPA and WHO.” NSF International offers a listing of all certified products including the NanoNose Pitcher Filter System. For more information on NSF International’s global filtration programs, contact Tina Yerkes, Director, General Manager, Water Systems at tyerkes(at)nsf(dot)org or call +1-734-418-6596. Editor’s note: For media interested in more information or to request an interview please contact Liz Nowland-Margolis at media(at)nsf(dot)org or +1 734-418-6624. For interviews with Mr. Dong in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, please contact Shirley Gines at sgines(at)firebrandglobal(dot)com or +1 858-395-0888. NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 165 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. NSF International led the development of the American National Standards for all materials and products that treat or come in contact with drinking water. In 1990, the U.S. EPA replaced its own drinking water product advisory program with these NSF standards. Today, most major plumbing codes require certification to NSF standards for pipes and plumbing components in commercial and residential buildings. MicroCeramics LTD, headquartered in Nanopolis, Suzhou, China, manufactures the first-generation MicroNose and second-generation NanoNose products for solving arsenic and heavy metal filtration challenges in water. The third-generation technology, MesoNose, will be manufactured in San Jose, California. *Reference links for WHO and ATSDR World health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/92/8/13-128496/en/


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named TraQtion, a supply chain quality and compliance software developed by NSF International, drawing on its nearly 70 years of food safety expertise, to its 2016 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list. The TraQtion online software service manages food safety, quality and compliance for supply chains, products and sites. The FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list serves as a resource guide of software and technology providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain. “The software and technology sector continues to generate new and exciting opportunities for growers, food manufacturers, grocery retailers and the many logistics providers that support them,” notes Lara L. Sowinski, editorial director at Food Logistics. “Today’s cloud-based solutions like TraQtion and mobile connectivity are helping create tools that are more flexible, affordable and responsive, making software and technology even more valuable to those in the global food supply chain.” “Food safety and quality professionals’ must keep track of numerous data points originating from multiple sources to maintain compliance to safety and quality requirements,” said Sireesha Mandava, Senior Director, TraQtion. “We are honored that Food Logistics has selected TraQtion as one of its top 100 software and technology providers. As a cloud-based quality and compliance software, TraQtion allows a business to build a solution that works seamlessly with its current processes and procedures by integrating with other internal and external systems for a smooth flow of information,” Mandava continued. “Each solution has a wide range of modules to handle supplier, product and site compliance, allowing businesses to choose the depth and breadth of quality and compliance needed for their brand.” Companies on this year’s FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list are profiled in the November/December 2016 issue of Food Logistics, http://www.foodlogistics.com. For an overview of TraQtion, please visit the website. For more information about TraQtion for current or prospective clients, please contact info(at)TraQtion(dot)com or Andrew Thorne at athorne(at)traqtion(dot)com or +1-734-645-6790. For media inquiries, please contact Liz Nowland-Margolis at lnowlandmargolis(at)nsf(dot)org or +1-734-418-6624 About Food Logistics Food Logistics is published by AC Business Media, a business-to-business media company that provides targeted content and comprehensive, integrated advertising and promotion opportunities for some of the world’s most recognized B2B brands. Its diverse portfolio serves the construction, logistics, supply chain and other industries with print, digital and custom products, events and social media. About TraQtion: TraQtion is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that manages food safety, quality and compliance for supply chains, products and sites. Developed from the ground up using NSF International's food safety and quality expertise, TraQtion serves leading manufacturers, retailers and restaurants around the world that place a high emphasis on customer satisfaction and safety. TraQtion is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a wholly owned subsidiary of NSF International (traqtion.com). About NSF International: Founded in 1944, NSF International is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 165 countries, NSF is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. NSF is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org).

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