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Shell Becomes First Company Worldwide To Receive ISO 21469 Certification


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Oil and Gas Online: Shell Becomes First Company Worldwide To Receive ISO 21469 Certification

May 12, 2008


Ann Arbor, MI – London – NSF recently announced that Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd is the first company to receive Certification to ISO 21469: Safety of machinery – Lubricants with Incidental Product Contact — Hygiene requirements. NSF is currently the only company offering American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited ISO 21469 Certification.

ISO 21469 Certified lubricants offer new assurances to processors of specialized products with strict hygiene and safety requirements to meet. ISO 21469 specifies the hygiene requirements for the formulation, manufacture, use and handling of lubricants, which may come into contact with products during manufacturing or processing. The international standard applies to lubricants intended for use in food production, as well as cosmetic, pharmaceutical and animal feed industries.

“Certification to ISO 21469 provides our customers with real proof that we take food safety seriously,” said Shell Lubricants Food Sector Product Application Specialist, Eduard Stempfel. “From a food producer’s point of view, NSF Nonfood Compounds Registration is a great starting point. However, ISO 21469 Certification takes registration a step further by integrating Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and hygiene requirements to ensure that the risk of contamination is further minimized.”

Sarah Krol, Business Unit Manager for NSF’s Nonfood Compounds Registration Program says, “Shell has set the standard for other companies to follow. The focus of the food industry has shifted to proactively minimize sources of food contamination during production. ISO 21469 provides an internationally accepted hygiene and safety standard for lubricants that bridges multiple processing industries. More and more companies will turn to certified lubricants as the logical alternative for managing the critical control points identified during the hazard analysis of their production processes.”

Stempfel adds, “Without NSF Registration, you cannot, in many cases, be accepted as food grade by the food manufacturers quality assurance department, and I believe, in the near future, it will be the same for this ISO standard as regulations and traceability demands become more stringent.”

  • Formulation/label review – ensures that certified products are formulated with approved ingredients and that product labels are true and accurate.
  • Risk assessment – ensures that the manufacturer has identified and evaluated the relevant hazards associated with the manufacture and use of the certified product.
  • Production facility audits – confirm that all certification requirements are met and that quality assurance and quality control procedures are followed.
  • Annual testing – sampling and retesting are conducted on an ongoing basis to verify the integrity of the product composition.


Shell’s lubricants will bear the NSF Certification Mark on their labels to demonstrate compliance to ISO 21469.

“Certification is not just a one-time event, but a continuous improvement path striving for excellence in our specialty products produced at Shell Lubricants Switzerland,” concludes Eduard Stempfel. “ISO 21469 also requires annual audits, which are essential for verifying ongoing compliance.”

Shell’s ISO 21469 Certification complements its current ISO 9001 / 14001 and the QHSAS 18001 Certifications very well. Shell’s products have been registered by NSF’s Nonfood Registration Program since 2000.

SOURCE: NSF and its also non-profit sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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