A Quality Management Tool for Manufacturers, Retailers and Importers to Demonstrate Quality to Customers
Business ChallengeThe public and legislative awareness about the adverse affects of hazardous substances on health and environment is constantly increasing. Many countries have enacted legislation and restrictions for a number of hazardous substances and eco-requirements. These requirements affect a variety of industries including apparel, footwear, hardlines, electronic and electrical products, toys and juvenile products. There is also continued pressure from governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and a changing competitive marketplace to reduce the exposure of the user and environment to various chemicals that present health hazards. A proactive approach to meet the legislative requirements and beyond is a challenge that companies need to meet for sustainable business success in today’s marketplace.
SolutionA certification program, such as the Bureau Veritas c-mark, can lead to increased consumer confidence and demonstrate your commitment to protecting the public and environment from hazardous substances. In today’s competitive marketplace, a commitment to standards beyond legislation through a certification program can help brands, retailers, and manufacturers to distinguish themselves.
Certification for the c-mark is based on the testing of products and/or components for specific hazardous substances. Testing requirements are customized for the materials used. Ideally, testing should be conducted on both the raw materials and the finished product. Testing on raw materials helps to minimize the risk of your finished product containing potentially harmful substances.
By participating in the c-mark certification program, you demonstrate that you are taking extra steps and care in testing for potentially harmful substances. Your product can be clearly labeled with the c-mark displaying that it meets the requirements of the certification program. You can select from the following c-mark certification programs:
• The black ‘c-mark’ covers basic restricted substances.
• The advanced red ‘c-mark’ covers additional restricted substances and eco-requirements.
What are the key benefits?
• Meet regulatory requirements
• Enhance brand image through economic and environmental responsibility
• Minimize the risk of recalls
• Improve product quality through environmentally-friendly goods and materials
• Be on the leading edge for future regulatory requirements
Our ApproachWe offer c-mark certification for a variety of ready-made products and respective product components along with a clear labeling system to identify certified products. Certified products or components receive a certificate and a c-mark label that visibly demonstrates the product’s compliance with Bureau Veritas product certification requirements.
Additionally, all requirements for the c-mark are regularly updated by our technical staff to reflect the changing regulatory and market requirements.
Certifications for our basic black c-mark and advanced red c-mark are available for the following products:
• Textiles: Synthetics / Natural Fibres / Blends
• Leather / Leather Goods
• Footwear / Shoes
• Toys and Juvenile Products
• Electrical and Electronic Products (RoHS Compliance of E&E products)
For more product categories and information about our REACH c-mark certification program, please contact the c-mark team.
The Bureau Veritas c-mark certification can be complemented by our following services:
• Factory Chemical Management Systems: Help to minimize the use of certain chemicals by the manufacturer either intentionally or unintentionally.
• Factory Audits: Monitor your supply chain for compliance and improvement.
• Testing Programs: Comprehensive services for your other testing needs including hazard and risk-based evaluations
Why Choose Bureau Veritas?Reputation - For over 30 years, we have worked successfully with top manufacturers and retailers around the world to help them better manage risk and assure regulatory compliance.
Worldwide Locations - With capabilities in the Americas, Europe, China and India, we offer you the convenience of global coverage with local service.
Technical Knowledge & Leadership - Our staff participate in the development of international, industry and regulatory standards worldwide, keeping you and us at the forefront of changes in safety requirements and testing methods.
Personalized Service - At Bureau Veritas, we are committed to meeting your evolving needs and helping you anticipate new market trends. We offer you customized and specialized services to meet your quality assurance needs throughout your supply chain. Providing you with the highest levels of service is a priority for us.