CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 25, 2013) – The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has granted QCA Accreditation to Clearwater, Florida-based Norwood & BIC Graphic North America.

To achieve QCA Accreditation, Norwood & BIC Graphic North America completed a rigorous self-assessment, followed by submitting its headquarters, its Sleepy Eye and Red Wing, Minnesota-based domestic facilities and its offshore supply base to multiple third-party audits. The QCA board then reviewed a scorecard representing the performance of the company and its supply chain on the third-party audits as the foundation for granting accreditation.

“While Norwood & BIC Graphic has already had a comprehensive, best in class, compliance program in place for many years, the QCA Accreditation process proved very valuable,” said Emmanuel Bruno, vice president, and general manager of Norwood & BIC Graphic North America. “Today, our compliance program is documented in more detail, and we have conducted more training to ensure consistent application of all processes. We know from our distributor customers that more and more end buyers insist upon compliance, and they need a basis for selecting suppliers that will fit within these requirements. QCA Accreditation is the recognized symbol of quality and compliance in our industry, and it increases our distributors’ confidence when selling our products.”