NORMS & CERTIFICATIONS
Norms and certifications help define the requirements for consumer protection as well as health, safety and environmental. Compliance with quality and safety standards unquestionably reduces the risk of accidents on top of making an important contribution to protecting the health of both the consumers and employees.
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a program run by amfori to monitor and evaluate standards at every stage of the global supply chain. The program was created because companies are increasingly expected to ensure not only that their own operations are responsible, but also that their suppliers demonstrate social responsibility. As such, a BSCI audit allows a company to monitor its supply chain to ensure that all of its suppliers treat its employees ethically and legally.
REACH ("Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals") was established by the European Union to improve the protection of consumer health and the environment from the risks that certain chemical substances considered hazardous may pose.
To comply with REACH, companies must identify and manage the risks associated with the substances they manufacture and market in the European Union.
The Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) is an audit methodology that brings together a collection of ethical audit techniques. It is designed to help auditors conduct high quality audits that encompass all aspects of responsible business practice based on the four pillars of SMETA auditing: labor, health and safety, environment, and business ethics.
The ISO certification attests that a management system, manufacturing process, service or documentation procedure meet all the requirements for standardization and quality assurance. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, non-governmental international organization that sets standards to ensure the safety, quality and effectiveness of systems, products and services.
ISO 9001 is defined as an international standard that specifies the requirements for a quality management system. Companies use this standard to demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
The CE marking, also known as "Conformité Européenne", is the manufacturer's guarantee that the product complies with European health, safety and environmental protection standards. The CE marking indicates that the product can be sold freely in any part of the European Economic Area, regardless of its country of origin.
The EN norms have been established by European standardization bodies. These standards are documents that define specifications and other technical information for various types of materials, products, services and processes.
All EN markings have been developed and created in a transparent, open and consensus-based process.
RoHS is an abbreviation for "Restriction of Hazardous Substances". It was introduced in the European Union in 2002 to restrict the use of specific hazardous substances in electronic and electrical products.
The U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its role is to oversee the manufacture and distribution of food, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, tobacco and other consumer products in the United States.
The NF certification established by the French certification and standardization body AFNOR is one of the most widespread certifications in Europe. Its objective is to serve as a guide for consumers in order to guarantee the quality of French products or services they use.
The FCC ("Federal Communications Commission") mark is found on electronic products manufactured or sold in the United States that comply with certain standards established by the FCC.
Thus, the FCC mark can also be found on products sold outside of the United States, as they are either manufactured in the United States and have been exported, or are intended to be sold on the American market.