AQL Inspections & Helpful Information. AQL (ISO 2859-1 (ANSI/ASQC Z1.4-2003)) helps minimize the amount of time (and money) spent on quality control while maximizing efficiency, based on scientific calculations. Almost all major importers, manufacturers and most governments apply this standard. At AQF, we often get asked, which information is necessary to provide for an inspection, so that we can assure that you receive exactly what you have ordered.
One of the important reasons why buyers send a 3rd party quality control company to inspect their shipment is for the ability to provide independent, impartial service in total integrity. Indeed, this part of the Quality Control process is an important one; the buyer, especially when he is not available, must have a high level of confidence in a QC partner.
Indeed, the international reference standard for quality control inspections companies, ISO/IEC 17020:2012, requires the following: Continue reading
In the past, we posted the article 3 reasons why QC inspections can’t be done by your agent. While it holds true that inspections should not be done by sourcing agents, how about the opposite? Should you work with an inspection agency that does sourcing?
To many, Quality Control and Sourcing in one company sounds like a match made in heaven. As the firm is a QC firm, they must have worked with thousands of factories and must be able to provide a few good sources for product XYZ, right? The vendors who have passed inspections for other clients must be reliable, right? Continue reading
Quality Control inspectors are the most important resource for an inspection company; therefore to have reliable service, the inspectors must have the right behavior: loyal, honest, and committed. They must also be experienced, regularly trained on what they are inspecting and on the new trends and new clients’ requirements. To ensure satisfactory performance the inspectors shall be monitored accordingly. Continue reading
In one of our past articles, Checking Multiple Product Types in One Inspection, we explained the benefits of not mixing multiple products in one quality inspection. But, for further evidence, see below what steps in the process are or are not affected by having multiple product types checked at once. Continue reading
Li & Fung, the largest sourcing company in the world, plans to remove 50,000 production sample prototypes in their creation process of clothes, saving millions of dollars (the cost of a prototype is estimated at 1,500 Euros and 4,000 Euros of work). How? Li & Fung is working with Alvanon to improve its production system and its supply chain team modeling reference. Continue reading
On July 21st, 2013, the second part of the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC will replace the 20-year-old 88/378EEC Directive. Limits and restrictions for new chemical elements come into force to include elements such as Nickel and Zinc. So on July 21st, all toys placed on the EU market will have to comply with new chemical requirements.
At Chinese New Year, All machines stand still while hundreds of millions travel home to their families. While fireworks lighten the night, we hope that your shipment is safely on its way. The holiday marks the end of the busiest period of the sourcing year. Anyone interested in buying from China should be keenly aware of the two important holidays in Spring and Autumn. Time to reflect on improvements for next time.
There are a wide variety of activities that make up ‘environmental auditing.’ An environmental audit is a term that is used to describe evaluations intended to identify the degree of environmental compliance of a factory and any management system gaps. Many companies and organizations are increasingly concerned with making sure the entire supply chain complies with environmental standards. In this light, many companies have set up their own environmental standards, sometimes even more stringent than local legislation. To be effective, these standards need to be assessed within a structured management system: an Environmental Management System (EMS). Continue reading