Products are controlled and tested to verify compliance with your standards

AQF Softlines Quality Control Expertise

In today’s complex and evolving Softline industry, non-conforming or defective products have a direct impact on your supply chain performance, revenue, and brand’s reputation. Retailers involved in softlines product manufacturing in China and Asia must set up an appropriate surveillance program to deliver goods on time, meet all relevant regulatory and safety requirements, and fulfill the quality criteria of end consumers. 

In addition to our regular texile and garments, bags and accessories,footwear, and fabrics surveillance programs, AQF offers product-specific inspection services in China and Asia for many other kinds of softlines. These include leather gear, rubber and latex products, plush goods, home textiles, yarn, and threads.

AQF verifies your softlines’ quality, specifications, functions, safety, and compliance with relevant standards applicable to your product’s destination. These include US, EU, and numerous other standards such as AATCC, PSC, FTC, and ISO.

Softlines Quality Control Approach


AQF technical engineers, work hand in hand with you. This process ensures the AQF product specific Softlines inspection checklist is customized based on your needs.

AQF inspectors randomly select items from the production batch and verify the quality of mass production based on your Acceptable Quality Limits (AQL). Defects in workmanship are classified to provide an overview of your product’s quality and highlight the areas for improvement. We also perform product function and safety tests and assess compliance with specifications.

Some tests on softlines require a controlled environment to properly certify their compliance with the standards and regulations of a destination country. Our AQF inspectors forward production samples to an accredited laboratory for processing.

AQF goes further than the average quality inspection service in China & Asia. Using our expertise in softlines’ inspection and our leading edge online technology, we work with you to set up, manage and monitor a personalized surveillance program, and help implement corrective actions necessary to achieve quality objectives and lead-times.


Main tests performed during an inspection of Softlines

  • Function check
  • Fitting test
  • GSM test
  • Smell test
  • Stitches per inch check
  • Metal detection check
  • Abuse test
  • Seam strength test
  • Rub test 
    for color fastness
  • Adhesive test 
    on logo and labels
  • Stuffing material check
  • Carton drop test
  • Moisture content test
    on product
  • Humidity test
    on export cartons

Main tests on Softlines performed in a laboratory

  • Flame retardant test
  • Tearing strength
  • Color fastness
  • PH value
  • Perspiration rubbing test
  • Dry rub test


AQF Benefits
Supplier audit
AQL standard (ISO 2859-1)
Function tests
Conformity assessment
Softline products checklists
Softlines engineers
China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Turkey and Greater Asia
We couldn’t have gotten this far without AQF

I appreciated AQF services before, but now I’ve come to realize they are a critical partner in our dealings with Chinese companies. We’ll never work with a company again unless AQF has first inspected to ensure we are contracting with a professional, fully operational and legally structured factory. We truly appreciate AQF team time, hard work and help to achieve resolution

Laurie, Business Owner - Bags, Luggages, USA
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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