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QCA Opens Doors to Industry


CHICAGO—Leed’s, Sweda Company LLC, Gemline and Prime Resources Corp. successfully complete a third-party audit of their compliance programs and practices, a milestone on the road to achieving Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) accreditation.

QCA was formed in 2008 by 14 companies that import and/or manufacturer promotional products, including Broder Bros., Leed’s and others. A QCA member begins the accreditation process by endorsing a self-certification, proceeding through a self-assessment step, followed by a third-party audit. Of the 14 QCA founding members, six have now completed the independent auditing process of their headquarters as the organization is ready to share its accreditation program with the industry.

QCA is an independent, accreditation organization with a mission to elevate the standards by which industry firms that import and/or manufacture promotional products provide consistently safe, quality, socially-compliant and environmentally-conscientious merchandise. The QCA Seal of Approval is granted to member companies who complete the audit and comply with stringent standards based on a combination of state and national laws, international standards and industry-accepted best practices.

For the past year, QCA founding members have been identifying and establishing certification standards, defining and testing an accreditation program to be operated within a not-for-profit organizational framework. Now that all the pieces are in place, QCA has officially opened the organization for membership. For more information, visit www.qcalliance.org.

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