Shanghai -- NSF International, a not-for-profit public health and safety organisation, has expanded its Asian chemical testing operations with the opening of a testing laboratory in Shanghai, China.
The group carries out tests with the aim of providing companies with a means to source safer products, raw materials and ingredients, through independent, third-party testing and certification, NSF said in a 23 Feb statement.
The NSF Shanghai testing laboratory will work in partnership with NSF Shanghai Co. Ltd, a joint venture established with the Shanghai Audit Centre of Quality System in 2005.
The organisation said the new venture will give manufacturers and suppliers in China independent system registration and product certification in order to access international markets.
"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 vice president, in the statement.
She added, "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."
The testing laboratory opened in Feb 2011 and is part of NSF's operations in more than 120 countries worldwide. LMH