Getting Started with QCA: A Quick Reference

Participation Eligibility

QCA participation is open to companies that use branded merchandise (promotional products, premiums and/or incentives) as part of their marketing and advertising campaigns and to industry distributors, decorators and service providers that support the mission of QCA brand safety.

Certification is offered to distributors and decorators in the promotional products industry that distribute promotional merchandise. Accreditation is offered for members of the promotional products industry that manufacture, import, decorate and/or distribute promotional merchandise.

There are four participation categories and corresponding requirements as outlined below.

Participation Categories: Requirements and Benefits


AffiliateEnd-buyers (users) of promotional products/branded merchandise: brands, associations, organizations, individuals, not-for-profits, etc.Brand safety corporate cultureEnhanced brand safety protections
Supports your ethical sourcing objectives and programs
Ability to influence and improve an industry
AdvocateDistributors in the promotional products industryPublic commitment to the responsible sourcing of promotional productsRecognized by end-buyers for commitment to responsible sourcing and brand safety
Meet transparency and engagement requirementsIncluded on Advocate List and participate on Advocacy Council
Certified Distributor & DecoratorDistributors and decorators in the promotional products industryComplete QCA Compliance Certification ProgramGuided compliance program development and validation
Re-certify every two years Listing in QCA Certified Distributor or Decorator section of the website
Accredited SupplierSuppliers in the promotional products industryComplete QCA Compliance Accreditation ProgramHighest level of ethical sourcing achievement and recognition in the industry
Re-accredit every two yearsCost savings and efficiencies from quality, environmental, process and policy improvements
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