|Mr. Kevan P. Lawlor, President and Chief Executive Officer of NSF International, presents a gift to Dr. Sulaiman Al Jassim, Vice President, Zayed University, at a reception honoring the grand opening of NSF Middle East, which was held recently at the Emirates Palace.|
NSF International, a global independent public health organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries, has opened an office in Abu Dhabi to better meet the growing demand for testing, certification, auditing, consulting and training services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). NSF International has been active in the Middle East for more than 25 years, working with more than 1,000 companies in the region. Establishing the NSF Middle East office will help NSF better meet the needs of its clients. NSF Middle East provides auditing and product certification services for the water and food industries, as well as quality and environmental management systems certification.
Abu Dhabi is a hub of innovations and advancements in water quality and treatment in the Middle East and companies in the region benefit from NSF’s nearly 70 years of experience in standards development and testing for water treatment, distribution and filtration products. Availability of renewable fresh water resources per capita in the MENA region is among the lowest worldwide, constraining opportunities for development.
Many international plumbing codes, and all major U.S. codes, require or accept certification to these NSF standards for pipes and plumbing components. In fact, the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) recently adopted NSF/ANSI Standard 61 as a requirement for kitchen taps and bathroom faucets. Companies in the MENA region will have access to NSF’s global market approval program to help them enter other international export markets for water distribution and treatment products by helping them navigate the product certification product approval process for these countries.
NSF Middle East will be led by Mr. Mosbah Dannaoui, an expert in water distribution product quality and testing and in quality and environmental management systems. Prior to joining NSF, Mr. Dannaoui served in many leading quality assurance and engineering positions for pipe manufacturing companies in Saudi Arabia and in the Middle East region. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in mathematics and industrial technology from Texas State University, and is a certified ISO 9001 QMS and ISO 14001 EMS auditor.
As Regional Manager, NSF Middle East, Mr. Dannaoui will help grow NSF’s water distribution and treatment testing and certification programs throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and in North Africa. He’ll also coordinate testing and certification services to the Middle East’s food and beverage industry, as well as management systems certification services to key sectors, including real estate and construction, pharmaceutical manufacturing, energy (natural gas, oil and petroleum), transportation and mining.