ISO 21469 Certification for Lubricants

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Certification Process

NSF International offers ISO 21469 certification for lubricants used in specialized industries such as food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and animal feed manufacturing. Lubricants certified by NSF bear the official NSF ISO 21469 certification mark on their packaging and labels.

Benefits of Certification

The internationally recognized ISO 21469 certification mark lets processors know your product meets hygiene requirements for formulation, manufacture, use and handling throughout its entire life cycle.

Using ISO 21469 certified lubricants can help processors reduce their risk of contamination. Like product registration, ISO 21469 ensures lubricant ingredients are safe in the event of incidental food contact. The ISO 21469 certification process also reviews the level of quality control applied to the formulation, manufacturing, distribution and storage of the lubricant to ensure it complies with the highest standards of hygiene.

Find ISO 21469 certified lubricants in our NSF online listings.

Why Work With NSF?

Since our founding in 1944, NSF International has worked to build a tradition of integrity and neutrality focused on protecting and improving human health. Our position as an independent organization, and our scientific and technical expertise in food safety spanning from farm to fork, have helped us become known as the most trusted name in food safety.

We are recognized and respected by regulatory agencies at local, state and federal levels. When you choose NSF International, you’re choosing a name trusted around the world.

Certification Process

Your product can be certified to ISO 21469 in seven simple steps. We have refined our certification process to make it faster and more straightforward while upholding our tradition of integrity and exceptional attention to detail.

When you submit your application, we’ll assign you a dedicated project manager to oversee your certification and work with you each step of the way.

Take the first step to certification today by completing the ISO 21469 certification fee estimation request form.

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  • Open How does NSF handle white mineral oil registration?

    Historically, for companies that rebrand white mineral oil, NSF International has required that the rebranding/distributing company gain authorization from their supplier/manufacturer of the white oil in order to gain NSF registration the rebranded product. This authorization requires the manufacturer to 1) certify that the formulation of the original white oil and the rebranded product are identical; and 2) agree to notify NSF if the product formula changes or becomes unavailable. In following this practice, this authorization for rebranding of white oils has been handled in a manner identical to the way multi-ingredient formulations are handled.

    Through recent discussions with key personnel in the lubricants industry and in evaluating the benefit of applying this authorization practice for single ingredient white mineral oils, NSF has decided to streamline its review practice and will now evaluate white mineral oil CAS # 8042-47-5 as a single ingredient, not a formulation subject to the authorization process. This means that the re-branding company may apply for registration independently, without the approval of the white mineral oil manufacturer. The re-branding company will be responsible for confirming the applicable regulatory references and ensuring all other NSF Registration requirements are met. We expect this to have a positive impact by reducing costs and timelines associated with the prior authorization process. This practice will go into effect immediately and does not have any impact on companies who wish to register white mineral oils as HX-1, as that option is still readily available nor will it impact any products currently registered with the authorization in place.

  • Open How much will ISO 21469 certification cost?

    NSF will provide you with a quote for ISO 21469 certification promptly and free of charge. To receive a quote, please contact us at or +1 734.827.6889. Certification costs are related to the services provided and include fees for facility audits, product testing, documentation review and project management services. NSF provides a realistic cost package that includes a complete explanation of the certification costs, in advance of the project initiation.

  • Open Why are some companies choosing to certify products to ISO 21469?

    Similar to H1 registration, ISO 21469 is a voluntary standard. The NSF ISO 21469 Product Certification Program provides manufacturers with a point of distinction to use with their customers and provides assurance that the hygiene of every product has been independently verified by an NSF facility inspector and tested in our laboratories.

    ISO 21469 certification opens the door to new markets in other manufacturing industries including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and animal feed. It also provides an internationally recognized benchmark for companies to measure their product quality. The NSF ISO 21469 certification assessment bridges the gap between traditional management systems registrations and H1 registration, and provides an excellent means of achieving continuous improvement objectives in your facility.

  • Open How do I select a company to certify my products to ISO 21469?

    NSF has been developing national consensus standards and certifying products for nearly 70 years. In fact, NSF has certified more than 250,000 products in more than 100 countries around the world. We understand the third-party certification process and how to work with companies to achieve positive results.

    Our legacy of working with the USDA and administering the NSF Nonfoods Compounds Registration Program means we are uniquely positioned to provide ISO 21469 certification to the lubricants industry. NSF’s ISO 21469 certification policies were developed with input from the lubricant industry.

  • Open My production facility is currently ISO 9001 registered. What else is required for ISO 21469 certification?

    Demonstrating that your production facility has an effective quality management system is an excellent starting point. However, the ISO 21469 standard gives additional product requirements that must be verified, including lubricant composition (ingredients), label content, risk assessment strategy, good manufacturing practices, effective process controls and information for end users. During the NSF certification process, each element will be independently verified for every product as described in ISO 21469 (Annex B, Registration Criteria).

  • Open What are the steps in the NSF ISO 21469 certification process?

    NSF offers an ISO 21469 Product Certification Program that is robust, rigorous and true to the ISO 21469 standard requirements. The NSF certification policies contain all of the detail related to the NSF certification process and will be sent along with your quote package. As you consider moving forward with ISO 21469 certification, an NSF representative is available to call or visit you, to walk you through the NSF certification process in greater detail.

  • Open What is the difference between ISO 21469 certification and H1?

    The NSF H1 registration program is a continuation of the former USDA authorization program for lubricants used in food processing, and covers two primary elements: toxicological assessment of ingredients to FDA 21CFR 178.3570 and related criteria, and label verification.

    ISO 21469 addresses hygiene requirements for lubricants used in a broad range of industries (food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, tobacco, animal feed), and provides ingredient criteria in addition to 21CFR, guidance for risk assessment and product testing, criteria for labeling and requirements for good manufacturing practices.

  • Open Does the ISO 21469 standard apply to all lubricants?

    ISO 21469 applies to all lubricants that could potentially contact food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, tobacco, animal-feed or related products (such as packaging) during processing. The standard includes H1 lubricants but is broader in scope, also covering lubricants used outside of food processing. ISO 21469 does not apply to lubricant additives (HX-1) or to direct food contact lubricants.

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