NSF International and BIFMA Announce the Development of the Commercial Storage Product PCR
Thursday, September 20, 2012
ANN ARBOR, MI – NSF
International is collaborating with the Business and Institutional Furniture
Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) to develop a Product Category Rule (PCR) for
office storage products. This PCR will provide a science-based and
internationally recognized method for reporting the environmental impact of
office storage products including casegoods, files, cabinets, and other related
products throughout their entire life cycle.
Category Rules define how to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA) for a
particular product group and what to include in the resulting report, called an
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). LCAs measure inputs, outputs and
environmental impacts of a product across its lifespan, from cradle to grave.
The EPD is the third-party-verified report that may function like a nutrition
label to explain the data generated from a life cycle assessment.
International's Sustainability division provides EPD verification by confirming
that the data was collected in accordance with the applicable PCR and meets all
ISO requirements. The office storage PCR will be established in accordance with
international environmental management guidelines (ISO 14025) through the NSF
National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS). The NCSS will utilize an
open consultative process to develop the PCR with participation from an expert
panel of storage product manufacturers, suppliers, regulatory agencies,
environmental organizations, and end users. The NCSS has developed PCRs and
American National sustainability standards for a wide range of product
categories, including chemicals, commercial furnishings (e.g. seating),
flooring, building products and materials, and water treatment and distribution
are pleased to partner with NSF International on another Product Category Rule
for office storage products. In addition to the recently developed commercial
seating PCR, the PCR for office storage products will continue the work of both
NSF International and BIFMA to create rigorous and science-based PCRs that will
help the commercial furniture industry move toward a more sustainable future,” said
Thomas Reardon, Executive Director of BIFMA.
office storage product PCR will enable office furniture manufacturers to
conduct LCAs and publish EPDs that can help their buyers identify the products
with preferred environmental profiles. This information is crucial in helping
businesses and government agencies meet their greener purchasing goals,” said
Tom Bruursema, General Manager of NSF International’s Sustainability division.
International is an independent organization that writes standards, tests and
certifies products for the construction, food, water and consumer goods
industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org).
Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety
worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and
Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
Sustainability draws upon this expertise in standards development, product
assurance and certification, advisory services and quality management systems
to help companies green their products,
operations, systems and supply chains. Through its National Center for
Sustainability Standards, NSF has developed sustainability standards for
product categories such as chemicals, building products and materials, and
water quality. NSF works with leading regulators, scientists, engineers, public
health and environmental health professionals, and industry representatives to
develop these transparent, science-based standards, protocols, and product
category rules. NSF Sustainability also provides environmental product
declaration verification by confirming that the data was collected in
accordance with the applicable product category rule.
NSF services include Education and Training, safety audits for the food and
water industries, nutritional/dietary supplement certification, organic
certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management
systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic
Registrations (NSF-ISR). NSF-ISR services include ISO 14001 Environmental
Management Systems registration, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and
Chain of Custody (COC) certifications.
is the not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional
furniture manufacturers. Since 1973, BIFMAʼs role has been to sponsor
the development and refining of current and future standards, educate on their
importance and application, and translate their necessary complexity into more
easily understood and implemented formats. BIFMA also monitors the state of the
industry, serves as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration, interacts
with international counterparts, and advocates for regulatory conditions that
foster value and innovation.
CONTACT: Brad Miller,
CONTACT: For more information on NSF Sustainability, visit www.nsfsustainability.org or contact Dennis Gillan at 734-476-2543.
Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with NSF Sustainability General Manager Tom Bruursema, contact Kelly Nichols at 734-827-6850.