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New standard to limit indoor air contaminants

April 30, 2010
ATLANTA — The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) and NSF International recently announced the joint development of a health-based standard that addresses chemical emissions from products, according to a press release.
According to the release, this comprehensive standard will streamline the myriad methods currently used for measuring and limiting chemical emissions from products and will incorporate the most recent science on human health and toxicology to provide acute and chronic chemical exposure limits.
The GEI-NSF standard will be developed under the American National Standard Institute''s (ANSI) Essential Requirements for adoption as an ANSI Standard, which ensures that the standard is developed in a balanced, open and collaborative manner with participation by multiple stakeholders to avoid potential conflicts of interest, the release stated.
Jane Wilson, director of standards for NSF International, said: "This collaboration was a natural fit for our two organizations, as GEI and NSF both strive to protect public health. Integrating GREENGUARD''s expertise in product emissions and NSF International''s expertise in standards development will benefit all stakeholders and ensure an effective and credible process."
A consensus committee of government and public health officials, academics, industry leaders and product users helps develop and vote on the standard, while a group of subject matter experts provides insight and guidance, the release noted.
After the basis of the new standard is developed, public comment periods will be held to allow individual stakeholders and organizations to participate in the development process, the release added.
Click here to read the complete release.