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Certified Audit Program for RILA/BRC Standards
With the high profile recalls in 2007 and 2008 leading to passage of the
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the Retail Industry Leaders Association resolved to adopt a more proactive stance on product safety. On January 25, 2009, the RILA Board of Directors approved the formation and funding of a contractual partnership with the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the lead retail trade association in the UK, to establish the first retail-led global product safety standard for consumer products. The Global Standard for Consumer Products is a manufacturing facility standard prescribing capability and competency requirements for achieving product safety, quality, and compliance, validated by a scored factory site audit.
The Global Standard will be published in April 2010. Next steps include development and publication of a general guideline, which will accompany the Standard and aid sites in preparation for being audited. Additionally, sector specific guidelines will be developed to further educate and assist manufacturing sites about the audit process if they fall into the manufacturing of high profile products, including toys, electrical, furniture, health & beauty, textiles, and jewelry.