HONG KONG, December 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
~ Supply chain solution improves quality & chemical safety whilst reducing total cost of quality ~
The commonly used model of testing total finished product, alongside factory audits and production inspections, to assess performance and compliance is a tried and tested model. However, repeated analytical testing on the same trim components across a range of styles can often mean testing the same component trim multiple times. This affects the whole supply chain, ultimately increasing the cost to the retailers and reducing the profit margin. To add to this, failures are found late in the production cycle at the product stage when it is difficult to make changes, resulting in delayed time to market and higher risks of recalls and non-compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requirements in USA.
Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, the supply chain quality management solutions leader, has launched its Trim Manufacturing Quality Program (TMQP) to address these very issues. By moving trim testing further upstream, failures can be corrected before final production, reducing the risk of recalls / non-compliance and saving time and cost. The backbone of the scheme is the auditing of trim suppliers/vendors through Bureau Veritas' Factory Chemical Management System (FCMS) assessment service focused on assessing / improving the quality and chemical production controls of trim suppliers. The FCMS assessment, performed by specialist chemical assessors, verifies quality / chemical controls & management and facilitates transparency & traceability for ongoing compliance regards incoming chemicals that could affect the 'qualified' component. Bureau Veritas' web based OneSource Product Technical Folder (PTF) is leveraged to manage the traceability offering both buyer and vendor options.
Lisa Bate, VP Americas and Global Key Account Management stated, "Our TMQP addresses the requirements of the CPSC Reasonable Testing Program and supports the time-to-market, quality, safety and cost needs of the supply chain. The scheme focuses on improving supply chain quality; reducing over-testing and spend as well as finding, and correcting, failures early on. Trim suppliers will receive an attestation that can be used with the many US buyers who support this approach. The attestation can also be used on all finished products / styles that use the same trim in endless combinations. Buyers will also benefit from a trusted supply chain, reduced risk and cost as well as enhanced quality."
About Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 66,000 employees in around 1,400 offices and laboratories located all across the globe. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index. Compartment A, ISIN code FR 0006174348, stock symbol: BVI.
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Bureau Veritas' Consumer Products Services division is a leading global quality assurance provider for the global consumer product and retail markets. It offers an array of specialized services including testing, inspections, audits and engineering services for a wide range of products. These products include hard goods; toys and juvenile products; soft goods; premiums; electrical and electronic products, wireless / smart world products & services; automotive equipment; food products as well as health, beauty, cosmetics, and household products. Website: http://www.bureauveritas.com/cps
SOURCE Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services