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NSF now can certify foodservice equipment for energy efficiency and sanitation requirements
NSF International was named a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-recognized certification body and laboratory for EPA’s Energy Star program.
Starting Dec. 31 under the EPA’s new Energy Star enhanced testing and verification procedures, all products seeking qualification as Energy Star products must have their products tested in an EPA-recognized laboratory and the results certified by an EPA-recognized certification body such as NSF International to ensure compliance.
A joint program administered by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star saves consumers money and protects the environment by encouraging the use of energy-efficient products and practices. NSF International is a not-for-profit public health and safety organization that has developed foodservice equipment sanitation standards and certification programs for more than 65 years.
As an EPA-recognized laboratory and certification body, NSF now can offer combined Energy Star energy efficiency and NSF sanitation certification for foodservice equipment manufacturers. NSF International tests and certifies a wide range of commercial foodservice equipment, and can now add Energy Star Certification in the following product categories: appliances (dishwashers, refrigerators and/or freezers and water coolers); refrigerated beverage vending machines (including rebuilt); and commercial food service equipment (dishwashers, fryers, griddles, hot food holding cabinets, ice machines, ovens, refrigerators, freezers and steam cookers).
Appliances meeting all Energy Star energy efficiency requirements and NSF sanitation certification requirements can bear both the Energy Star label and NSF logos. Energy Star-qualified products will be listed on the Energy Star website. All NSF-certified products will appear in NSF’s online listings.
“With EPA recognition to validate Energy Star products, NSF can now provide foodservice equipment manufacturers a ‘one-stop shop’ for energy efficiency testing, sanitation testing and certification, which will save manufacturers both time and money,” said Nancy Culotta, NSF International vice president. “Consumers can be assured an Energy Star product that has been tested and certified by an independent third-party organization such as NSF International has met all Energy Star energy performance requirements.”
To achieve EPA recognition, NSF International was required to demonstrate compliance with ISO/IEC 17025 (testing, calibrations and sampling) and ISO/IEC Guide 65 for product certification, and to submit a detailed proposal outlining the certification program, policies and procedures.