April 30, 2010

In the News – NSF and GEI Announcement

by Bob Murphy

ATLANTA and ANN ARBOR, Mich.

— The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) and NSF International announced today the joint development of a health-based standard that addresses chemical emissions from products.

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. The ANSI Standard development process ensures that the standard is developed in a balanced, open, and collaborative manner with participation by multiple stakeholders to avoid potential conflicts of interest.  A consensus committee made up 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.  Subsequent mandatory public comment periods allow individual stakeholders and organizations to participate in the development process, too.

PRNewswire-USNewswire/April 28,2010

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