The promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products is now accepting applications for membership.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (July 10, 2009) – In the absence of a defined industry standard for product safety, clients have been forced to create and manage to their own unique defined standards—until now.

For the past year, the 14 founding members of the not-for-profit Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) have been working to establish certification standards as well as define and test a comprehensive accreditation program. With all the pieces in place, QCA is now accepting new member applications. (E-mail membership@qcalliance.org for details.)

“Industry manufacturers and importers, who are the entry points for products into the promotional products marketplace, have been looking for a way to effectively address client product safety concerns. Opening QCA membership up to industry suppliers represents the next step in the evolution of our organization,” said D E Fenton, QCA executive director. “Based on an independent third-party audited standard, the QCA Seal of Approval offers the credibility Fortune 500 companies require for promotional products purchases.”

When a company joins QCA and begins developing its compliance program, it receives a roadmap plus expert feedback to follow during the development phase to accelerate the process, reduce the cost and allow members to quickly realize a return on their safe product investments. Additionally, QCA members are kept abreast of continually changing product safety regulations with product safety expert downloads to make better sense of the requirements and quickly identify how to apply these changes to their specific product categories.

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

About QCA:
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. The QCA Seal of Approval is granted to member 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 members, the promotional products industry and the end-user clients.

QCA was formed in July 2008 by 14 companies that import and/or manufacturer promotional products: Avaline; Barton Nelson, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Broder Bros.; Dard Products, Inc.; Fanda Enterprises, Inc.; Gemline; Gordon Industries, Ltd.; Leed’s; Litehouse Custom Printing, Inc.; Logomark, Inc.; MMI International Trade; Prime Resources, Corp.; and Sweda Company, LLC. D E (Denise) Fenton serves as executive director.

For more information, visit www.qcalliance.org.


Media Contact:
Lisa Horn, CAS

Company Contact:
D E Fenton