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

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

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BS EN 581 safety requirements for furniture: laboratory or on-site tests?

 BS EN 581 safety requirements for furniture: laboratory or on site tests?When purchasing furniture the European importers should strictly follow the BS EN 581 safety requirements for furniture however how can they make sure the goods purchased are conformed to this European norm? Tests in laboratories are compulsory in this case even though some of the tests can also be performed during a furniture inspection. Continue reading

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How to avoid a failed pre-shipment inspection

AQF how to avoid a failed inspection Quality Control Blog How to avoid a failed pre shipment inspectionA failed pre-shipment inspection result usually involves delivery delays and financial consequences. Therefore the main question is: how do you avoid a failed pre-shipment inspection and assure the goods are ready on time according to specifications? This article lists the most important quality control tools to minimize the risks. Continue reading

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Classification of defects for quality control in China

Blog Defects classification for quality control in China 250x213 Classification of defects for quality control in ChinaWithin the inspection standards the buyer should clearly define the classification of defects for quality control in China to ensure a clear understanding of the expected quality from the supplier and the QC standard to which the inspector will inspect. The classification of defects should be applied by all parts and communicated prior to the production. This article defines the standard defect classification system used for inspections in China. Continue reading

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Footwear top 3 quality control on-site tests for shoes

Quality control on-site tests for shoes are utilized to detect design and production defects. Inspectors perform dozens of on-site tests for footwear: some serve to simulate usage and product degradation with time, others to make comparisons. Here are the on-site tests often lead to the rejection of a shipment: Continue reading

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Inspection standards for quality control in China

AQF Quality control in China inspection standards Quality Control Blog 250x250 Inspection standards for quality control in ChinaThe inspection standards are tools which define acceptable quality limits, that are made understandable to all parties involved in the production process: buyer, supplier and QC company. It is important that these inspection standards are unified and applied by all parties as confirmed prior to the production launch. This article summarizes the most important inspection standards for quality control in China and Asia. Continue reading

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Understanding the term general defect in an inspection report

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When performing an inspection based on the AQL samping rule, the quality inspector usually checks the workmanship of the manufactured goods and reports the defects found in a defect table. This table provides 2 kinds of results: the defects result based on the AQL and the general defect result. What is the meaning of the general defect result in an inspection report? Why are those defects separated from the others? Continue reading

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Factory audits on China trader suppliers: their reluctance

AQF Factory audits on China trader suppliers reluctance by the Quality Control Blog 250x187 Factory audits on China trader suppliers: their reluctanceWhen sourcing in China, there is the choice between working directly with a factory, via a trader or an agent. In any case, it is necessary to perform a factory audit to evaluate the supplier. Factory audits on China trader suppliers can be difficult to arrange because traders are reluctant. Here are some arguments to convince them. Continue reading

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Quality control risk and return calculation

AQF Quality control risk and return calculation by the Quality Control Blog 250x190 Quality control risk and return calculationAs international third party quality control companies raise their pricing to offset wage inflation, the market is shifting: some buyers are starting to combine the services of reliable Western quality control partners with cheap and local QC companies without an AQSIQ license in China. However what exactly are the Quality control risks and return of taking such decision? Continue reading