The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) has recertified five industry companies. Once a company achieves accreditation with the QCA, it must complete certain reaccreditation requirements every two years.
Bensussen Deutsch & Associates (UPIC: BENS0002), Broder Bros. (UPIC: BRODER), Gemline (UPIC: GEMLINE), Leed’s (UPIC: LEEDS) and Logomark (UPIC: logomark) have recently completed the QCA’s reaccreditation requirements. These include independent, third-party audits of the company’s headquarters, as well as three factories in their supply chains. This process can take up to six months. On years when a company is not due for reaccreditation, quarterly maintenance audits are required.
“The reaccreditation requirement is a critical piece of the QCA Certification Program,” says Brent Stone, QCA’s executive director of operations. “It signifies the ongoing commitment from QCA-accredited suppliers to stay current with the constantly changing and evolving state and federal compliance regulations. The vast majority of the orders in the promotional products industry are small quantities with very short lead times. If product safety and compliance are not a part of a supplier’s proactive, daily business philosophy, the company will not have the time nor will it be willing to spend the money to reactively manage compliance in these small orders. You either have compliance up front, or you don’t have it at all.”