Quality - Factory Compliance

This section is for news relevant to quality testing, quality proceedures, quality testing labs and factory inspections.  You can also learn about these issues from the following pages.  Quality Testing , Testing Methods , Testing Labs , Inspection Services , Human Rights Apparel Industry.

TEXbase, a leading provider of web-based Product Integrity Management software solutions, is sponsoring the upcoming AAFA - American Apparel & Footwear Association's Product Safety and Compliance seminar at the Fashion Institute of Technology on January 29 as it continues to expand its product compliance solution. 

SGS Consumer Testing Services announced today that it will be conducting a seminar about sourcing tactics for the fashion industry at the MAGIC conference that opens today in Las Vegas. The "Smart Sourcing" session on Tuesday, February 15, will provide insight into how leading brands and retailers address the myriad quality, regulatory and cost challenges involved in navigating today's global supply chain.

If you work in the fashion industry, you are well aware that the quality of garments is extremely important.  Therefore, our quality assurance policies must be strict and well disiplined.  There is only way way to truly be certain that the quality of your clothing and fabric is meeting the desired standards.  All apparel manufacturers should do "quality testing".
So, now that we are in agreement that testing is a requirement, we must decide where to conduct testing.  Many manufacturers do their own private testing.  However, Apparel Search suggests using third party testing facilities.  The reason that Apparel Search suggests using third party resources is that "testing" is there primary business.  In addition, because the test "result" does not effect their business directly, they can be very fair in regard to the testing result.  They are not bias in any way.

Textile testing services expanded with state-of-the-art facility in Arlington Heights, IL

While consumers have always looked for safety, quality and performance in apparel and soft home products, impending regulatory changes can pose confusion for textile manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Intertek, a leading global quality and solutions provider for a wide range of industries, has invested in moving its textile testing capabilities from its Springfield, NJ operation to its Arlington Heights, IL facility for this very reason – to more efficiently serve the changing business climate through increased capacity to cater to changing customer needs for compliance.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a Guidance Document last night to be voted on by the Commission that would adopt recommendations made by Intertek and the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) in their petition to the agency last July.
It’s easy to assume that when the economy is in a recession, businesses will make major cutbacks in order to survive. However, according to ASQ’s (American Society for Quality) latest Quarterly Quality Report, many manufacturing companies are not in the crisis mode one would expect.
lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU; TSX: LLL) today announced that independent tests have confirmed the content of the VitaSea product line to be consistent with the garment care and content labels.  Robert Meers, CEO of lululemon, stated: Product quality and authenticity are of the utmost importance to lululemon. Integrity goes to the core of everything we do and is at the heart of our relationship with our guests. For this reason, we test our products for content using a leading testing facility. We absolutely stand behind our products, our processes and refute any claims in recent press reports to the contrary.
The Board of Directors for Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP) announced a change in the name of the organization to Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production. The name change reflects the organizations increasing involvement with diverse industries as they seek to certify ethical working conditions in labor-intensive manufacturing facilities around the world.

Sustainable fashion is fashion that is designed to be environmentally friendly. Fashion designers have recently adopted the idea of sustainability, using more environmentally-friendly materials and methods in clothing production like reduction in wastage, reduction in chemical usage, usage of scrap fabric, gunny bags etc. But are the apparel made out of them actually wearable? Yes, the answer is Dpol technology which can produce ecoi friendly garments which can actually divert us to sustainability keeping the costs low, so as to influence the fashion market on a big picture

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