What Does NSF Certification Mean and Why Is it Important?
NSF is an accredited third-party organization that ensures products meet safety and quality guidelines in order to protect public health.
It verifies a wide range of products, including nutritional supplement products to ensure they meet public health and safety standards. This allows you as a consumer to choose quality products that are both safe and effective.
NSF is the only independent testing organization to conduct a complete evaluation of every aspect of a product’s production before it can earn certification.
This is important because the dietary supplement industry is largely unregulated. This means that many supplements may not be as potent as they seem and the ingredients may not match up to what is actually in the product.
This certification program involves regular on-site inspections of manufacturing facilities and regular testing of products to ensure that they continue to meet the same rigorous standards.
The certification badge is usually found on the product label and reassures consumers that the product has passed third-party testing for both label claims and harmful levels of contaminants like microbes, heavy metals, and pesticides. Recognized as the “gold standard” for quality in the industry, NSF certification provides confirmation to the buyer that what is in the bottle matches what is on the label, nothing more and nothing less.
Supplement and Vitamin Certification
It’s no secret, that the supplement industry has boomed in the last decade. However, with that comes concerns around the quality of supplements on the market as they do not receive the same regulation as prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
In response to this growing concern, NSF developed the nation’s first independent product certification program strictly for dietary and nutritional supplements.
NSF verifies the quality of dietary supplements and natural health products such as vitamins, herbs, and sports supplements.
NSF provides a badge of quality and safety for consumers so they can be more confident when choosing a product for their health needs.
How Supplements Become NSF International Certified
Supplements that receive the NSF certification mark must meet all standard requirements, including product testing and regular inspections to verify that the supplements continue to comply with the industry standards.
How do supplements become NSF certified? There are three main parts of the process:
- Label claim testing to verify that the actual contents of the supplement are included inside the bottle
- Toxicology review to certify product formulation
- Contaminant review to ensure the product contains no hidden ingredients or unsafe levels of contaminants
Additionally, sport and fitness supplements that have been NSF Certified for Sport® are further screened for more than 270 substances that are banned by most athletic organizations. This is of particular importance for professional athletes and provides assurance to fitness professionals that their products are clean and pure without any harmful ingredients.
About the Author
Laurence Annez is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Health Coach, specializing in PCOS and women’s hormones. She also holds a degree in Creative Writing and has extensive experience writing on health and wellness topics. Laurence’s mission is to inspire and motivate individuals to take control of their own health and reach their ultimate health goals.