Acquisition brings water services, sustainability to Latin America

Looking to expand its market leadership in Latin America, NSF International acquired Bioensaios Analysis and Environmental Consulting Laboratory.

ANN ARBOR, MI, and PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL, Nov. 26, 2013 -- Looking to expand its market leadership throughout Latin America, NSF International has acquired Bioensaios Analysis and Environmental Consulting Laboratory Ltd., based out of Porto Alegre, Brazil.

An independent global public health and safety organization, NSF International's recent procurement will help provide water, food safety, pharma, agroscience, and environmental services to the southern Americas. The partnership will be known as NSF Bioensaios.

Founded in 1990, Bioensaios is a leading analytical laboratory that provides good laboratory practices (GLPs) studies and highly specialized testing services, including ecotoxicity, for a range of domestic and international companies as well as government agencies serving the water, food and agribusiness industries.

Accordingly, NSF International clients now have access to NSF Bioensaios' full set of services, including environmental evaluations for freshwater, seawater, effluent, soil, and sediment; valuation reports on drinking water, food and feed safety; and OECD-GLP studies for chemical products, drugs, materials, and components.

The acquisition complements NSF International's existing operations in Peru, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and Costa Rica, as well as its recent acquisition of the INASSA Group -- a Peruvian leader in testing for the water, seafood, pharmaceutical, and mining industries.

About NSF International

NSF International is an independent global public health and safety organization that develops standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, dietary supplement and consumer products industries, and provides testing, training and auditing services for the pharma/biotech and medical device industries. For more information, visit

About NSF Bioensaios Analysis and Environmental Consultancy

Bioensaios is a pioneer in ecotoxicity testing with diversified laboratories and expertise in contaminants in food, safety assessment, and characterization of chemicals (e.g. pesticides, wood preservatives, oil dispersants, drilling fluids, chemicals for water treatment and drugs). Located in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Bioensaios employs more than 70 scientific and environmental experts.


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