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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 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