Auditing Standards

The QCA Compliance Accreditation Program is based on a methodology similar to the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) model. It requires an Applicant Supplier to (a) fully document their manufacturing compliance program policies, procedures and processes, (b) demonstrate consistent implementation of those elements in a series of third-party audits, and (c) implement corrective actions to the extent necessary to address deficiencies that may be noted in those audits. 


The standards and principles used for evaluating the effectiveness of an Applicant’s manufacturing compliance program include:

  • Product Safety – ISO9001:2008 components related to design and development and questions from the CPSC’s Handbook for Manufacturing Safer ConsumerProducts
  • Quality – ISO9001:2008
  • Social Accountability – United Nations Global Compact’s Ten Principles as embodied in the laws of the country of manufacture and United States Customs law.
  • Supply Chain Security – United States Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection Agency’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism(C-TPAT) Program.
  • Environmental Stewardship – United Nations Global Compact Principles related to the Environment as incorporated in the laws of the country of manufacture andISO9001:2008 standards related to environment and process control.

Accreditation and Certification requires an Applicant Company to complete the following:

  1. fully document their manufacturing and sourcing compliance program policies, procedures and processes
  2. demonstrate consistent implementation of those elements in a series of third-party audits
  3. implement corrective actions to the extent necessary to address deficiencies that may be noted in those audits.

QCA’s standards are NOT available on this website. The standards are available in print and electronic formats for Accreditation and Certification participants. A high-level overview of QCA’s standards are available via our Knowledge Series. For more information see our FAQs.