February 23, 2011
SHANGHAINSF International opened its new NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory, expanding its services in Asia to include testing in the areas of food equipment, dietary supplements and ingredients, and consumer products. Additionally, the facility and staff will provide on-site training in the areas of food safety, pharmaceutical, medical device and dietary supplement manufacturing.
The NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory will complement NSFs existing certification services in China and provide companies with a means to source products, raw materials and ingredients from Asia with independent, third-party testing and certification.
The NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory will work with NSF Shanghai Co. Ltd., a joint venture NSF International established with the Shanghai Audit Centre of Quality System (SAC) in 2005 and approved by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA). Manufacturers and suppliers in China require independent system registration and product certification in order to access international markets.
The new NSF Shanghai Testing lab will provide testing capabilities that can be used by the NSF Shanghai Co. Ltd. joint venture to support product certification for companies in China making food equipment, dietary supplements and other consumer products. This certification helps companies streamline the import/export process. The NSF Shanghai Co. Ltd. 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," said said Lori Bestervelt, Ph.D., NSF International senior vice president and chief technical officer. The combination of Asias 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 organization like NSF International. 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 United States for testing."
The new NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory will offer chemical analysis and engineering evaluation services in support of NSFs certification programs. It also will offer test-only services. The current services include Food Equipment testing; Dietary supplements and ingredients, food and food ingredient testing, pharmaceutical testing and excipients testing; and consumer product testing.
NSF Shanghai will now offer comprehensive onsite training programs for the food and health sciences industries, including HACCP Training; GMP, GLP, Quality and Regulatory Compliance Training;
The new lab is furnished with NSF-certified sustainable carpeting and NSF-certified countertop sinks. The lab uses energy efficient lighting and features built-in recycling receptacles for paper, plastic and aluminum. Additionally, environmentally safe green" cleaning compounds will be used.
The lab, which employs chemists, engineers and professional staff, is led by laboratory manager Dongjing Liu. In this role, Liu will manage the laboratorys testing services, and ensure the laboratory maintains key accreditations such as ISO 17025 (testing and calibration) and other accreditations from the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS). Liu has more than 10 years of experience in management, chemistry and pharmaceuticals and is fluent in Mandarin, English and German. She previously led the Chemical Laboratory for TUV Rheinland in Shanghai. She holds a masters degree in chemistry from Osnabrueck University in Germany and a bachelors degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from Peking University in Beijing, China.
NSF Shanghai Co. Ltd is led by Alex Zhang, who facilitates certification services for companies in China and has more than 15 years of business experience in China. He earned his masters and bachelors degrees in applied mechanics from Fudan University in Shanghai.
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