Ann Arbor, Mich.-based NSF International, a leading public health and safety organization that writes standards and certifies products for food, water, and consumer goods, recently announced a new strategic partnership with Baltimore-based MET Laboratories, the first nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL) in the United States. Partnering with MET Laboratories, a leader in electrical product safety for more than 50 years, will expand the scope of NSF International's electrical testing and certification services. Key industry sectors will benefit from this partnership, including commercial and residential food equipment, recreational water equipment for pools and spas, mechanical plumbing devices, and biosafety cabinets.

MET Laboratories will be able to take advantage of NSF International's 65 years of standards writing and certification experience. MET will also benefit from NSF's global presence, with 45 office locations in over 26 countries, including China, Japan, India, South Korea, and Thailand. NSF International and MET Laboratories can help clients save time and resources by bundling both their health effects and electrical safety testing, while also helping to deliver a safer product to market.

"The partnership between NSF International and MET Laboratories expands NSF International's electrical testing services to companies seeking certification from an NRTL. "MET Laboratories has extensive experience in testing electrical systems and is uniquely qualified to partner with NSF International," says Nancy Culotta, VP of food safety and product certification for NSF International. "Together, we will provide certification services that cover electrical, sanitation, and health effects requirements for products such as food equipment, mechanical plumbing, and pool and spa equipment."

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes both NSF International and MET's Laboratories as an NRTL. OSHA accreditation enables both companies to provide electrical safety certification to all electrical standards, including foodservice-related UL standards.

"Electrical devices that interface with food and water are fundamental to everyday life, from cooking and preparing food, keeping our swimming pools clean, and ensuring the efficacy of important plumbing devices," says Rob Frier, MET Laboratories. "This is why we have strived for excellence in this field and why NSF International has chosen us to ensure the safety compliance of certified electrical devices."