SHANGHAI -- NSF International has opened its new NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory in Shanghai, China. As a result, it is expanding its services in Asia to include testing in food equipment, dietary supplements and ingredients and consumer products. The facility and staff will provide on-site training in the areas of food safety, pharmaceutical, medical device and dietary supplement manufacturing.

Called the NSF Shanghai Testing Technology Company, the new lab will complement NSF's existing certification services in China and provide companies with a means to source safer products, raw materials and ingredients from Asia through independent, third-party testing and certification, the company relays. It will work in harmony with NSF Shanghai Co. Ltd., a joint venture NSF International established with the Shanghai Audit Centre of Quality System (SAC) in 2005 and is 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. NSF said it helps companies navigate the global marketplace and bridge Western companies with the Asia market.

The new lab will provide testing capabilities that can then 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.