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Final random inspection at a warehouse

AQF Final random inspection at a warehouse in China by the Quality Control Blog 250x166 Final random inspection at a warehouseWhen buying from trading companies in Asia, buyers are often asked to perform the quality control inspection at a warehouse. This solution is best to be avoided because there are many factors that affect the reliability of a final random inspection at a warehouse in China. Nevertheless if that’s the only choice offered to the buyer it is better to perform some quality control than none. Continue reading

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What does AQL 2.5 mean ?

AQF what does AQL 2.5 mean Quality Control Blog1 250x250 What does AQL 2.5 mean ?The term “AQL 2.5″ forms part of hundreds of purchase orders sent to Chinese manufacturers however what does AQL 2.5 mean? Buyers and suppliers understand and agree that it is some kind of tool to measure the quality during a pre shipment inspection. While this is true, buyers, suppliers and third party inspection companies may interpret it differently therefore more precise information are required to avoid misunderstandings. Continue reading

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Role of the swatches for furniture inspection

AQF Color swatches for furniture inspection by the Quality Control Blog 250x182 Role of the swatches for furniture inspectionWhen performing any kind of inspection, it is always better to provide the approval sample to the QC inspector. It ensures a more reliable inspection result however in the case of the furniture, it becomes more complicate for the buyer to send the approval samples, they are usually too big and the cost of sending the approval sample is high. What are the solutions for the buyer then? Sending swatches for furniture inspection is the most suitable. Continue reading

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On-site tests during a furniture inspection related to BS EN 581

AQF On site tests during a furniture inspection related to BS EN 581 by the Quality Control Blog 250x198 On site tests during a furniture inspection related to BS EN 581During a furniture inspection a wide list of tests are performed in order to check the product usability and conformity to the buyer’s requirements. Also, some of the tests are determined based on the BS EN 581 safety requirements. The on-site tests during furniture inspection related to BS EN 581 are as followed: Continue reading

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Best of CSIC resources for October 2014

AQF Best resources of CSIC by the quality control blog 250x161 Best of CSIC resources for October 2014As a non-profit organization, the CSIC publishes content each month for buyers who want to learn how to source safely in China. The best of CSIC resources for October 2014 offers articles about what should be known when importing team gear, why a supplier won’t accept a letter of credit, some updates regarding more scams exposed, how to source safe and an insider’s look at product liability Issues.

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Supplier requirements for a corporate social audit based on SA 8000

Blog Supplier requirements for Corporate social audit based on SA 8000 by the Quality Control Blog 250x183 Supplier requirements for a corporate social audit based on SA 8000The corporate social audit, most commonly called social audit or CSA, is suitable for buyers interested in verifying if the factory of interest respects the social rights based on the SA 8000 standard. For a reliable social audit, we should get a clear view of the audit scope and supplier requirements for a corporate social audit based on SA 8000. Continue reading

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Supplier requirements for a factory audit based on ISO 9001

AQF supplier requirements for factory audits based on ISO 9001 Quality Control Blog 250x250 Supplier requirements for a factory audit based on ISO 9001 A factory audit should gather useful and comprehensive information for buyers to get to know the factory. The two main objectives are usually to check if the factory is legal and to verify if the supplier is capable of producing at good quality levels based on the ISO 9001 standard. For the success of the audit, the supplier requirements for a factory audit should be clearly defined, as well as the audit scope. Continue reading

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Quality Assurance vs. Quality Control

AQF Quality Assurance vs Quality Control Quality Control Blog 250x250 Quality Assurance vs. Quality ControlInternational importers buying from Asia are often asked to assure the quality of their goods: after all, importers must legally take full responsibility for the quality of their products to conform with safety, health and other national regulations. Their buyers also require good quality. However, many suppliers in Asia want to work independently, so the importer has to strike the right balance in the equation: quality assurance vs. quality control. Continue reading

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Toys standards and the EN 71 standard part 1-2-3 of 13

AQF EN 71 regulation part 1 2 3 Quality Control Blog 248x250 Toys standards and the EN 71 standard part 1 2 3 of 13The EN 71 standard for the safety of toys made or imported into the European Union specifies the tests to perform to comply with the European directives. While large corporations employ specialized teams to check if their product design complies with EN 71, smaller importers normally rely on third party companies. EN 71 standard is divided in 13 parts, this article presents and explains parts 1, 2 and 3. Continue reading