Quality Products International

QPI offers simple cost effective options to minimize costly recalls

by on May.28, 2010, under General News

Another product recall in the USA yesterday raises instant questions for QC companies such a Quality Products International. (QPI)

This one is for Lead in Paint on Basket Ball shaped chairs.

Basketball-Shaped Chair and Ottoman Sets Recalled by Colleen Karis Designs Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard; Sold at HomeGoods Stores

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: All-Star Basketball Chair and Ottoman Sets

Units: About 380

Importer: Colleen Karis Designs LLC, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Hazard: Surface paints on the lettering on both sides of the basketball chair could contain excessive levels of lead which is a violation of the federal lead paint standard.

See full details: Basket Ball Chair Recall

In a full QA program an initial factory audit will often uncover poor and unsafe practices. Lead in paint has been an issue for years now. A factory that has a source of lead based paint, may well not pass an audit as they probably have many other critical issues.

Standards and requirements are growing more complex by the day. Business is becoming more competitive, many importers and wholesalers are battling to work on low margins and low inventories with wider ranges.

That all puts stress on the supply chain, and typically leads to more factories / suppliers and more to manage.

Fantastic internet search options allows buyers to trim costs buying online, competitively without the need for travel.

Cost savings such as these, can very easily lead to massive added costs of a recall!

QPI can mitigate that risk, but offering supply chain support services. Our staff on the ground in China, and South East Asia, can provide clients real time information about factories and product quality / compliance.

Some simple solutions from QPI

Factory Audits!

QPI offers a wide range of factory audits, capability audits, social audits, Code of Conduct Audits, etc, to suit almost any budget, tailored to realistically meet the clients needs.

As well as confirming the legitimacy of the factory from a production and quality stand point, it can confirm it is socially responsible. Having a consumer product branded as coming from a child labor sweat shop can be almost as damaging as a recall!

We also assist in determining what tests are legally required for most markets, and what should be considered under due diligence.

QPI can offer production inspection.

We normally recommend some type of DUPRO inspection.

At the most basic level our local staff can liaise directly with the factory to check on key items at the most comprehensive level of production inspection our staff can be in the factory for the full production cycle.

Pre-shipment inspections / Final Random Inspection (PSI / FRI), container loading and other such inspections can be of benefit, but would not pick up a problem such as lead in paint.

By talking to QPI early in the sourcing cycle we can normally recommend more options sometimes at less cost and often with no delays in the shipment date.

QPI Product Testing!

Hoping a product complies or trusting the factory will “do it right”, can be a very expensive exercise.

QPI can arrange for a appropriate tests to be conducted in Western owned and managed Chinese based labs, quickly and at very reasonable cost.

Tests include, leads and heavy metals, REACH, RoHS, WEEE, toxicity and many others.

QPI partners closely with major laboratories such as Hanse Control, TUV, SGS, ITS and others.

While it is hard to put the true cost on a product recall, QPI can assist in putting an accurate appraisal on simple QA – QC program, tailored to suit the shipments.

A QPI supported QA system provides greater peace of mind, and greatly mitigates the risk of costly recalls!

Contact QPI to find out more.

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