The Health Sciences Division of NSF International, a global public health organisation, is launching an NSF Reference Standards programme that will produce reference standards that are traceable to US and European pharmacopeial standards.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers worldwide use NSF Reference standards to demonstrate the identity, purity, quality and strength of their products and ingredients.
The standards have been independently tested by a minimum of three collaborating laboratories and conform to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) regulatory requirements. They also follow the principles of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs).
‘NSF Reference Standards will set the bar for the quality and purity of pharmaceutical products while also offering companies favourable pricing,’ said Lori Bestervelt, NSF chief technical officer.
NSF Reference Standards for many commonly tested products, including ibuprofen and benzoic acid, have already been released.
More new titles will be added throughout the remainder of 2011 and 2012, with an ultimate offering of more than 300 items.
NSF Reference Standards are available for purchase online at www.nsf-rs.org.
An electronic PDF of the catalogue is also available on the site.