Presentation will Focus on the New Personal Care Products Standard and the Consensus Process in which American National Standards are Developed

NEW YORK, NY – Joe Smillie, Senior Vice President, Quality Assurance International (QAI), will be giving a presentation on the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) consensus standards development process at the 2009 Natural Beauty Summit America. The conference will highlight major developments in the cosmetics industry impacting natural and organic products and sustainability.

Smillie’s presentation will also discuss the new Personal Care Products American National Standard, NSF/ANSI 305, which defines labeling and marketing requirements for personal care products that contain organic ingredients, as well as the certification process. Products covered by NSF/ANSI 305 include, but are not limited to: cosmetic products; rinse-off and leave-on personal care products; oral care products; and personal hygiene products.

When/Where
Thursday, May 7, 2009, from 9:15-10:20 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in New York, New York

Who Should Attend
Key stakeholders, such as cosmetic manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, packaging companies, retailers and industry organizations

Background on the American National Standard
NSF/ANSI 305 is the first consensus standard for personal care products that contain organic ingredients, in which all materially affected stakeholders – academia, regulatory, industry, and consumers – have discussed their expectations. The American National Standard is an important step for manufacturers and retailers that produce and sell organic non-food products, as well as for consumers who choose to purchase products that contain organic ingredients.  American National Standards are developed through involvement of those who are directly and materially affected by the scope of the standard. Mr. Smillie will discuss how this process ensures balanced input from industry representatives, public health/regulatory officials, and users/consumer representatives.

Standard Development Organizations, such as NSF International, are accredited by ANSI to develop American National Standards. This accreditation verifies that organizations develop standards in a manner to ensure openness and due process allowing for equity and fair play. ANSI has served as the administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary standardization system for more than 90 years.

Background on the Speaker
Smillie manages the QAI’s eastern U.S. and Canada sales, operations, government regulatory affairs and international business development.  He has been involved in the organic movement and industry since 1975 as a farmer, inspector, consultant, author and certification agent. Smillie has become a recognized authority on all aspects of organic production, National Organic Program (NOP) regulations and international trade. He has been instrumental in protecting the integrity of organic products and advancing the growth of the organic industry. In January 2006, he was appointed to the National Organic Standards Board to serve a five-year term as the certification representative. He is also a founding member and past President of the Organic Trade Association, as well as a founding member of the Independent Organic Inspectors Association and the International Inspectors Group.

For more information about Smillie’s presentation, please contact Cristin Kerwin at 734.827.5627 or ckerwin@nsf.org.

For more information on the 2009 Natural Beauty Summit New York City, USA, visit www.naturalbeautysummit.com. Additional topics at the summit will include: sustainability and ethical sourcing; market & product developments; regulatory issues; and formulation and technical issues.

Quality Assurance International (QAI, Inc.), an organic industry pioneer founded in 1989 and headquartered in San Diego, Calif., is the leading provider of organic certification services worldwide. Accredited by multiple organizations, QAI’s programs verify organic integrity at each link of the supply chain. The company has grown to include operations in the U.S., Canada, Japan and the European Union. QAI remains dedicated to fostering sustainable agriculture and a healthier planet, while providing educational outreach to the organic community and consumers. For more information, visit www.qai-inc.com.

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