UPSTREAM CHEMICAL CONTROL FOR TEXTILE INDUSTRY
Consumers nowadays are becoming increasingly concerned about the potentially harmful impact of chemicals that are used in apparel and footwear. In view of concerns about environmental and public exposures to restricted substances, many national and international regulations such as REACH, CPSIA have been issued to restrict or prohibit such chemicals. The presence of hazardous substances might result in a recall case that would be damaging to a company’s brand image and reputation. This has created new challenges for apparel and footwear companies in implementing a unified and integrated approach by embracing the requirements of worldwide consumer product regulations, recognized industrial standards, and chemical specifications.
Therefore, risk control and management throughout the supply chain is important in order to diminish the risk that the final product may have on public health and environmental safety. To control from the source, the factory system review, verification of documentation and operation control, and assessment of raw material suppliers are all critical elements of a strict quality assurance system. Chemical and raw material evaluation and management including chemical substances and chemical associate are vital of a strict quality assurance system. Evaluation mechanisms for new components and suppliers should be established to ensure that no restricted chemical substances that may pose a threat on the quality of the finished products will enter the production line.
To differentiate your products and competitiveness, to build an exclusive brand image, to promote company reputation, to sharpen competitive edge, it is time to think over and work together.
Make sure to stop by SGS, located in the Sourcing Resource Center #66836, at the upcoming SOURCING at MAGIC show.