QCA EXPANDS QUALIFICATION CRITERIA TO INCLUDE PPPC SUPPLIER MEMBERS

Supplier members of the Promotional Professionals of Canada (PPPC) are now eligible to apply for the QCA Compliance Accreditation Program.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (November 29, 2018) – Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe and responsibly sourced products, has revised its bylaws to include supplier members of the Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC).

While applicants must still be incorporated in the United States, now they can be members of either Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) or PPPC as a part of the qualification process. What has not changed is that applicants must meet the definition of “supplier:” A promotional products company that manufactures, imports, converts, imprints or otherwise produces or processes promotional products offered for sale through promotional consultants (distributors).

“We had a request from PPPC to include them in addition to PPAI as a criterion, it made sense so the board voted to revise the bylaws to include them. This allows QCA to be even more inclusive and continue living out our mission to serve the entire industry,” explains Tim Brown, MAS, QCA’s executive director of operations. “Additionally, this change broadens the number of suppliers who are eligible to apply; more accredited suppliers gives distributors more resources and this, in turn, gives buyers a wider selection of safe and responsibly sourced products. And that’s good for everyone’s bottom line.”

About QCA:
Quality Certification Alliance is an independent, accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms that import and/or manufacture promotional products provide consistently safe, high-quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise. QCA Accreditation is granted to companies who complete an independent third-party audit and comply with stringent standards, which are based upon a combination of state and national laws, international standards and industry-accepted best practices that are recognized for their strength and effectiveness.

QCA was formed in July 2008 when a group of industry thought leaders met to address the safety, compliance and social responsibility needs of the promotional products industry. By providing the tools required to help companies within the industry, Quality Certification Alliance put the necessary processes in place to deliver consistently safe and safely produced merchandise with an eye on corporate and social responsibility.

Tim Brown, MAS is QCA’s executive director – operations. D E (Denise) Fenton serves as executive director – compliance.

For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, e-mail tbrown@qcalliance.org.

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Company Contact:
Tim Brown, MAS
513-755-1152
tbrown@qcalliance.org