Comply with product specifications, safety standards, packaging and handling requirements

AQF Hardlines Quality Control Expertise

A proper quality control strategy, adapted specifically for each type of hardlines product, is essential to guarantee product safety and supply chain efficiency. Delivery of finished goods should be smooth, on-time and avoid damage or breakage. AQF’s technical expertise and experience enables you to effectively monitor your hardlines manufactured in China & Asia and ensure they comply with all product specifications, safety standards, packaging and handling requirements. 

AQF offers product-specific inspection services in China & Asia for product categories such as body and health products, hygiene products, fitness equipment, gifts and premiums, inflatable products, jewelry, DIY (manually operated tools), stationery products, and umbrellas.

AQF verifies your hardlines’ quality of workmanship, specifications, functions, safety, and compliance with relevant standards applicable to your product’s destination. These include US, EU, and numerous other standards. 

Hardlines Quality Control Approach


The Hardlines industry produces hundreds of designs, each necessitating different manufacturing processes. AQF technical engineers work together with you to understand your key risks and unique requirements to create a product-specific Hardlines inspection checklist. AQF inspectors verify the quality of mass production based on your Acceptable Quality Limits (AQL), perform tests, and assess compliance with your product’s specifications. Packaging is also carefully controlled as it plays a significant role in the protection of your goods and reinforces a product’s image, especially for jewelry, gifts, and premiums. 

Some tests on hardlines require a controlled environment to analyze their compliance with applicable standards and regulations accurately. AQF inspectors select products from each production lot and forward them to a preselected, accredited laboratory for testing.

AQF goes above and beyond the average quality inspection service by combining experience in inspection of hardlines with advanced quality management technology. We work with you and your supplier to identify key quality risks and customize your compliance program to support objectives and achieve lead-times.


Main Tests performed during an inspection of Hardlines

  • Performance check
  • Adhesive Test on logos
  • Carton drop test
  • Safety check
  • Function check
  • Barcode scanning test
  • Abuse/Fatigue test
  • Other Physical checks:
    Strength test, Wobbly Base check,
    Moisture Content test, etc.

Main tests on hardlines performed in a laboratory

  • AZO
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalate
  • Material Composition
  • Heavy metals tests
  • Material Composition Analysis
  • Packaging and
    Transportation Simulating Test
AQF Benefits
Hardlines inspection
Hardlines supplier audit
AQL standard (ISO 2859-1)
Safety tests
Function tests
Conformity assessment
Hardlines products checklists
Hardlines engineers
China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Turkey and Greater Asia
Reports are clear and very detailed

We have been working with AQF since 2006. AQF points out details most other inspectors don't see or don't care about. There are no surprises when we receive shipments. Reports are clear and very detailed. You can also discuss unclear points and get answers immediately. Also, they are reachable over the phone in case of any emergency and in this world where time is money, it helps...

Laurent, Managing Director - Gifts & Premiums importer, Belgium
Our services
Product inspection
From US$298

Minimize import risks, save costs and time, and ensure quality to your final customers.

Supplier audit
From US$298

Evaluate suppliers' capabilities and responsible business practices based on international standards.

Lab Testing
Upon Quotation

Ensure your products comply with safety and regulatory requirements in your destination market.

From US$298

Manage Quality throughout the manufacturing cycle.

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Detailed and tailor-made. Discover how AQF assesses goods quality and safety when performing an inspection. Review an AQF sample report related to your product of interest.

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