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CHSA membership applications soar as companies seek mark of approval

Published 2nd July, 2021 by Neil Nixon

CHSA membership applications soar as companies seek mark of approval

Applications for membership of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) soared in the past year as companies sought the mark of approval conferred as membership of the association.

Demand for cleaning and hygiene products, including hand sanitisers, gloves, soft tissue, and aprons rocketed in the coronavirus pandemic. The unscrupulous made the most of the opportunity. They created new businesses overnight, claiming expertise, knowledge and product excellence. To gain credibility many applied for membership of the CHSA, only to find gaining admittance is demanding.

Lorcan Mekitarian, chair of the CHSA, said: “We know membership is a stamp of approval, so we are thorough in our process of assessing new members. We access marketing claims and request test data to support these claims and obtain trade references from both customers and suppliers. Once we are satisfied with these the independent inspector visits to conduct an audit to inspect all products being offered for sale. Only after all the checks are complete is membership granted. Accreditation guarantees the products are fit for purpose and ‘what’s on the box is what’s in the box’. Our members prize this and buyers and end users of cleaning and hygiene products can rely on it as a mark of approval. Maintaining this standard is at the heart of everything we do. Many applicants fell at the first hurdle, while others have not been able to comply with the specifications of the relevant accreditation scheme. We have been delighted to welcome those who have successfully passed and are now fully accredited members of the CHSA.”

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