QCA RECERTIFIES FIVE INDUSTRY FIRMS
BDA, Broder Bros., Gemline, Leed’s and Logomark have completed the necessary requirements to maintain their QCA Certified status.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (April 26, 2012) – Compliance is a journey, not a destination. And once a company achieves accreditation from Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, the journey continues.
Every two years, a QCA Accredited Company must complete reaccreditation requirements, which include independent, third-party audits of the company’s headquarters as well as three factories in its supply chain. Three companies have completed the QCA reaccreditation process, allowing them to maintain their QCA Certified status. They are:
- Woodinville, Washington-based Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, Inc. (BDA)
- Trevose, Pennsylvania-based Broder Bros.
- Lawrence, Massachusetts-based Gemline
- New Kensington, Pennsylvania-based Leed’s
- Tustin, California-based Logomark, Inc.
The recertification process takes up to six months to finish. On the years when companies aren’t up for reaccreditation, ongoing quarterly maintenance audits are required.
The purpose of reaccreditation is for QCA Accredited Companies to show continuous improvement and ongoing vigilance to ensure compliance is a daily best practice. This is especially important to end buyers, who expect compliance to be a proactive part of the normal course of business rather than reactive and only when they ask for it. Having an ongoing system of checks and balances reinforces that compliance is a journey not a destination and demonstrates our industry is getting better every year.
“The reaccreditation requirement is a critical piece of the QCA Certification Program,” said Brent Stone, QCA executive director – 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.”
For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago, Illinois-based 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 by QCA Accredited companies, the promotional products industry and end-user clients.
QCA was formed in July 2008, and today 17 companies have meet the rigorous qualifications to achieve QCA Accreditation—Barton Nelson, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Broder Bros.; Bullet Line LLC; Cutter & Buck; Dard Products, Inc.; Garyline, Gemline; Gordon Sinclair; Jetline; JournalBooks/TimePlanner Calendars; Leed’s; Logomark, Inc.; MMI; Prime Resources Corp.; SnugZ USA; and Sweda Company LLC—with others soon to complete the process.
In July 2010, the QCA Distributor Advocacy Council was created to formalize the relationship the organization has with distributors who understand the value compliance programs have in building stronger relationships with suppliers, creating competitive advantage in the marketplace and building loyalty with their end-buyer clients. In is currently comprised of 15 companies, which represent more than $800 million in annual promotional products sales.
D E (Denise) Fenton serves as executive director – compliance, and Brent Stone serves as executive director – operations.
For more information, visit www.qcalliance.org.
Lisa Horn, CAS