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Trim Manufacture Quality Program

Industry Challenge

The commonly used model of assessing garment performance and compliance by testing total finished product, alongside factory audits and production inspections – is familiar to everyone. However, repeated analytical testing on the same trim components across a range of styles can often mean testing the same component trim multiple times. This affects the whole supply chain, ultimately increasing the cost to the retailers and reducing the profit margin. Adding to this, failures found late in the production cycle, at the product stage – when it is difficult to make changes – results in delayed time to market and higher risk of recalls and non-compliance with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requirements.


Bureau Veritas’ new Trim Manufacture Quality Program addresses these issues by educating trim suppliers, moving trim testing further upstream; and establishing the traceability in supply chain.

What are the key benefits?
• Saves cost by eliminating multiple tests at garment stage.
• Better control of incoming raw materials to ensure – prior to garment production – that no unapproved trims are used.
• With less testing required at the garment stage, products can move quicker through the labs. This is important in today’s world of “Fast Fashion”.
• Better manages consumer protection/brand integrity by testing and resolving failures up-front rather than at the garment stage.
• Our OneSource IT platform can track trim PO's associated with specific garment styles, and data mining capabilities track the performance of trim suppliers.


Bureau Veritas’ new Trim Manufacture Quality Program helps solve the challenges of repeated analytical testing,increased cost of testing and delayed time to market.

The Trim Manufacture Quality Program:
• Moves trim testing further upstream to correct failures before final production.
• Minimizes cost by testing in the component stage.
• Educates trim suppliers to build awareness of CPSIA regulations, CPSC testing and certification rules.
• Audits trim suppliers/vendors verify chemical management.
• Establishs traceability of component testing that is accessible at the finished goods stage and is hosted on a strong IT platform.
• Random/limited production testing at the garment stage ensures compliance.


Reputation – For over 35 years, we have worked successfully with top manufacturers and retailers around the world to help them better manage risk and regulatory compliance.

Worldwide Locations – With locations close to sourcing areas in over 40 countries, we offer you the convenience of global coverage with local service where you need it.

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 – We are committed to meeting your evolving needs as you anticipate new market trends.We offer customized quality assurance services throughout your supply chain. Providing you with the highest levels of service is our priority.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does the Trim Manufacture Quality Program address other country regulations? Can Bureau Veritas approve trims that will be sold to other countries of distribution?

    The current scope of the program focuses on the US regulation, but it will be expanded to cover other countries in the near future.

  • Would the Trim Program also work for labeling such as hangtags, back neck labels and woven labels?

    Yes. In the case of hangtags, it is mostly two items as raw materials are used: the tag base (paper or plastic) and printing ink. In this case, compliance to both these items can be monitored while procuring. If compliance to these input materials is verified (mostly one time testing), we do not need to test different hangtags which may be printed in a variety of combinations for different brands and customers.

  • Does training make it possible for factories to manipulate the results of the audit?

    No. Training helps factories learn the processes and systems that are part of the Audit process. The Bureau Veritas audit techniques, which use interviews, observation, and document review, are able to discern whether or not a system not only exists on paper but in practice as well.

  • Is this program essentially like a Code of Conduct that trim suppliers issue? What is the difference?

    Our Trim program is not just about issuing a Code of Conduct but building confidence within the supply chain by establishing traceability and having the information available from the manufacturing stage to testing and carrying over to garment suppliers and thereby at the final product testing. Once we establish the traceability, the costly chemical testing could be waived.

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