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NSF release 2.3

February 3, 2012

NSF International Offers GreenScreen™ Evaluations to Help Organizations Identify Safer Chemicals and Substitute Hazardous Chemicals with Safer Alternatives

New program complements NSF’s growing green chemistry services

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International, an independent global organization that writes public health standards and certifies products for food, water and consumer goods, now offers chemical reviews in accordance with Clean Production Action’s (CPA) GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals program. GreenScreen™ reviews, which are offered through NSF International’s Sustainability division, allow organizations to substitute hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives.

The Clean Production Action (CPA) GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals is a comparative chemical screening method that focuses on hazard reduction and informed substitution. NSF’s team of toxicologists, chemists and biologists perform comparative chemical hazard assessments by reviewing product ingredients and formulations in accordance with the Green Screen™ protocol. Based on this analysis, chemicals earn one of four benchmark scores, each defining progressively safer chemicals. For example, benchmark one indicates a chemical of high concern, while benchmark four indicates a chemical with low hazard levels. Benchmark U is reserved for chemicals with insufficient data.

Offering GreenScreen™ chemical reviews complements NSF Sustainability’s expanding portfolio of green chemistry and sustainability services. NSF Sustainability helps companies make informed chemical and material decisions by evaluating specific products or full chemical inventories against a number of chemical hazard assessment programs. These include Green Screen™, EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE), and GreenBlue’s CleanGredients™.

“The NSF Sustainability division possesses both the toxicology expertise and technical capabilities to perform high quality GreenScreen™ evaluations,” said Lauren Heine, Consulting Co-Director for Clean Production Action. “With support from organizations like NSF Sustainability, GreenScreen™ will help to quickly and effectively move manufacturers toward the use of inherently safer chemicals.”

“NSF Sustainability’s Green Chemistry services help companies gain information and an understanding of a chemical’s potential risk so they can choose safer chemical alternatives. The GreenScreen™ program helps prevent the costly mistake of choosing an alternative chemical that is later found to be hazardous,” said Tom Bruursema, General Manager, NSF Sustainability. “NSF’s green chemistry programs contribute to the growing need for standardized chemical information programs that make it easier to choose safer, environmentally preferable chemicals.”

Organizations seeking additional information about NSF Sustainability’s Green Chemistry programs should contact Dennis Gillan at 734.476.2543, dgillan@nsf.org or visit nsfsustainability.org.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with NSF Sustainability General Manager Tom Bruursema contact Greta Houlahan at +1 734-913-5723 or houlahan@nsf.org.

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that writes standards and certifies products for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF Sustainability draws upon this expertise in standards development, product assurance and certification, advisory services and quality systems management to help companies green their products, operations, systems and supply chains. Through its National Center for Sustainability Standards, NSF has developed sustainability standards for: chemicals, building products and materials and water quality. NSF works with leading regulators, scientists, engineers, public health and environmental health professionals, and industry representatives to develop these transparent, consensus-based standards.

Additional NSF services include Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, nutritional/dietary supplement certification, organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR). NSF-ISR services include ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems registration, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Chain of Custody (COC) certifications.