In the same way that retail manufacturers should be concerned with product safety, so should promotional products manufacturers, distributors, and companies who use promos. In past news, there have been countless recalls in the retail & promotional products industry that caused devastating financial blows to all those involved in the transaction. While most of these incidents have been companies that contracted directly with China and other countries, no one is immune. That's why it is so important to take the precautions BEFORE you buy promotional products.
To limit the chances of product safety issues for the promotional products that your company gives away, it's important to only buy products that have been tested to meet or exceed the regulatory standards that are legally required. However, product safety testing is just one of many components to make sure products are safe.
The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) is a non-profit, independent accrediting agency that specifically serves the promotional products industry. They formed in 2008 and to date have certified 34 out of the 4000+ suppliers in the industry.
QCA is a voluntary program that manufacturers must choose to follow the accreditation process, which is based on 5 major pillars:
- Product Safety
- Product Quality
- Supply Chain Security
- Environmental Stewardship
- Social Compliance
Suppliers that meet these standards can become QCA certified. If you are concerned with product safety, then you should certainly buy promotional products manufactured by QCA-certified suppliers.
Here's a short video about protecting your brand by buying QCA certified promos.
This short documentary above shows the necessity of creating and distributing safe, reliable products and maintaining a compliant work environment within the promotional product industry.
Note: If suppliers are NOT QCA-Certified, that doesn't necessarily mean their products are unsafe. The products that come to the U.S. market should at least meet minimum, legal requirements. If you are unsure, ask for testing results for the promos you want to buy and, of course, only purchase promotional products through reputable and trustworthy companies.