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CHSA accreditation united under one scheme

Published 24th May, 2011 by Neil Nixon

CHSA accreditation united under one scheme

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has united its accreditation programmes - for soft tissue products, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops - and is promoting them as one unified scheme, the Manufacturing Standard Accreditation Scheme.

“We have created and are now promoting the unified accreditation scheme to make it easier for customers to make informed purchase decisions,” said Graham Fletcher, general secretary of the CHSA. “The activities we are undertaking to raise awareness of the scheme, including the production of a DVD and the distribution of new promotional leaflets presenting the unified scheme and the value it provides, are showing customers the value of buying from accredited suppliers.”

The Manufacturing Standard Accreditation Scheme is supported by all the major manufacturers in the industry, each of whom has passed the CHSA’s stringent auditing process. The scheme guarantees:

• Consistency of supply: customers receive what they order.
• Accurate labelling: customers get what they pay for.
• Fully audited manufacturers: our standard, your guarantee.

Graham Fletcher continued: “In tandem with promoting the scheme we are taking action against those companies found to be selling short measures. It’s important customers understand that through the scheme we are both singling out the high quality suppliers and directly challenging ‘cowboy’ suppliers.”

The Soft Tissue Accreditation Scheme was originally introduced in 1998, followed by the ones for industrial cotton mops in 2000 and for plastic refuse sacks in 2005. A unified look and feel was introduced in 2007 and, following the positive response, the schemes have now been formally united and are being promoted as one accreditation scheme.

CHSA members that do not manufacture any of these products benefit from the promotion of the Manufacturing Standard Accreditation Scheme, their reputation being enhanced by being a member of an association known for raising standards and ensuring value for end users.

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