Five Pillars of Compliance

QCA provides industry companies with the tools to elevate the standards by which they import, source, decorate and manufacture products, to ensure safe, high quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise.

In an industry with little accountability and a general lack of consistent governmental oversight, QCA Accredited and Certified companies are held accountable to our established "Five Pillars Of Compliance" based on a methodology similar to the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) model.


 

 


Accreditation requires an Applicant Supplier to complete the following:

  1. fully document their manufacturing and sourcing compliance program policies, procedures and processes related to all "five pillars"
  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.   

Certification requires an Applicant Distributor/Decorator to complete the following:

  1. fully document their manufacturing and sourcing compliance program policies, procedures and processes related to social responsibility, product safety and product quality
  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.   

Advocate participation requires an Applicant Distributor to complete the following:

  1. annually report on the company’s processes for assuring compliance objectives captured within the scope of QCA’s Pillars of Compliance
  2. complete, sign and submit the Advocate application with relevant attachments 
  3. provide annual updates

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.  

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