INSPECTION & CERTIFICATION SERVICES
INSPECTION & CERTIFICATION SERVICES
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Established in 1878 , and registered in Geneva as Société Générale de Surveillance in 1919, SGS is today the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.
Their core service activities cover all industry sectors and touch the products and services that businesses and consumers around the world rely on every day. Combining global coverage with local knowledge, unrivalled experience and expertise in virtually every industry, SGS covers the entire supply chain from raw materials to final consumption (see video). Their customers are worldwide in almost every industry and country. They deal with companies large and small.
Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC).
They address the needs of private traders, international organizations and public bodies. Services include pre-shipment or destination inspection and verification of conformity, employ leading edge techniques such as X-ray scanning. They work with retailers and manufacturers of consumer products worldwide to assess their products and manufacturing processes for compliance with regulatory, quality and performance requirements. They test products, inspect goods, assess factories, conduct social audits and train personnel. Bureau Veritas is present in 140 countries in Africa, Americas, Asia, Middle East & Pacific, and Europe.
TÜV Rheinland provides third party inspection services covering a large range of sectors including Commodities & Consumer Goods and Industry & Infrastructure and specifically Manufacturing, Oil, Civil, Power, Engineered components, Filter sand, Textile, Leather, Electrical, Pressure equipment, Heat Exchangers, Weldments and much more. Their services include Testing & Assessment, Certification & Auditing, Inspection & Supervision, Training & Qualification and Consulting & Project Management. Their well-qualified and highly experienced team of professionals also comprises of qualified, Quality Auditors. Technical services and support are available at all times from any of the group’s 500 locations in 65 countries worldwide.
THE COTECNA GROUP
The Cotecna Group was founded in Switzerland in 1974. Cotecna is present and expanding in government and commercial services in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Today the Cotecna Group has a combined workforce of approximately 4,000 employees and agents in close to 100 offices around the world. Cotecna provides its commercial customers with full testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services and helps to ensure contractual compliance for a wide range of commodities, including agricultural products, metals and minerals, as well as consumer goods and general cargo. However, they also have a strong Government (primarily Customs related) inspection and verification business and fill a very valuable gap at the interface between Customs and other Government agencies, commercial customers and trade finance sources.
UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES (UL)
UL is a global company with more than 120 years of expertise. Some of the services offered by UL include: inspection, advisory services, education and training, testing, auditing and analytics, certification software solutions, and marketing claim verification. UL provides expertise across three strategic businesses catering to Industry & Commercial, Consumers and new ventures. Its solutions include, anti-counterfeiting, Continuous Improvement, Cybersecurity, Environment, Functional Safety, Information and Insights, Knowledge Solutions, Management Systems, Responsible Sourcing, Retail Solutions, Transaction Security and Workplace Health & Safety. UL is in more than 23 industrial countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. UL would be of particular interest to companies considering exporting to the USA, as “UL Certification” is a must for most classes of manufactured products to be sold in the US market.
Intertek is a 130 year old, global provider of quality and safety-related services, including assurance, auditing, certification, inspection, testing, and training, with more than 42,000 employees in 1,000 locations in over 100 countries. With services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for businesses both local and global, They help to ensure that products meet quality, health, environmental, safety, and social accountability standards for virtually any market around the world. They hold extensive global accreditations, recognitions, and agreements, and have deep knowledge of and expertise in overcoming regulatory, market, and supply chain hurdles. Among the industries Intertek serves are consumer goods, food, energy, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical. In general their customer profile seems to suggest medium to large size companies.
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ABR Global Solutions is a fast-growing quality assurance inspection company with its business presence in mainland China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Italy, Holland, Australia, USA, Canada and Europe. ABR inspections operate in manufacturing and all production areas such as textiles, food, oil & gas, wind energy, chemical-petrochemical, railway vehicle, structural steel, nuclear power, ship building fields and all manufacturing areas. ABR inspection services include supplier expediting, supplier auditing, mill surveillance, pre-shipment inspection, loading supervision, site inspection and NDT etc. Specifically, the services include inspections of Pre Shipment; Loading; Quality; Manufacturing processes; Pressure Vessels; Welding, Coatings, Pipes and piping, Cranes, and Power and Energy systems. Website
Founded in 1944, NSF is an independent, accredited organization. They test, audit and certify products and systems as well as provide education and risk management. Manufacturers, regulators and consumers avail of their services to develop public health standards and certifications that help protect food, water, consumer products and the environment. NSF International is accredited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov), the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) (scc.ca), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) (ansi.org) and the International Accreditation Service (iasonline.org). NSF laboratories worldwide are ISO/IEC 17025 accredited for testing and calibration and the Ann Arbor location is an OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory.
NSF covers countries in regions that include Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America / Caribbean, Middle East, North America, and Oceania. Industries covered include Aerospace, Automotive, Building Products and Interiors, Chemical, Consumer Products, Dietary Supplements, Food Safety and Quality, Medical Devices, Pharma Biotech, Plastics, Sustainability and Environment, and Water and Wastewater. However, NSF certifications are more focused on health safety and environmental concerns and on customer requirements when these included in them.
Recognized by regulatory agencies at the local, state, federal and international level, the NSF certification mark means that the product complies with all standard requirements. Website
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AI is a global leading quality control and compliance service provider that partners with brands, retailers and importers around the world to secure, manage and optimize their global supply chain. Founded in Hong Kong, AI has 20 offices, over 2,000 employees from 60 nationalities and operates in over 85 countries. AI performs Supplier Audit Programs, Product Inspections and Lab Testing. Clients from over 120 countries worldwide benefit from web-based mobile friendly account management, fast scheduling and highly competitive all-inclusive pricing. The company has invested heavily in developing an industry-leading IT service infrastructure. This investment makes it easy for our clients to quickly and easily manage scheduling, access reports and gather supply chain intelligence online, via the web or AI Mobile Application.
Inspection services include · Pre-Shipment Inspection · Production Monitoring · During roduction Check · Initial Production Check · Container Loading Check · Food Inspections Supplier Audit Programs Manufacturing Audits Ethical Audits C-TPAT Environmental Audits Structural Audits Food Audits (GMP and GHP).
Product groups include Garments & Apparel Textiles & Fabrics Footwear Other Softlines Hardlines Cosmetics Electrical & Electronics Eyewear Jewelry Promotional Products Toys & ecreational Other Hardlines Food Fresh produce Processed foods Seafood Meat and poultry Beverages Food containers Technical Parts Assemblies & Molds, Automotive Parts, Machinery, Precision Tooling.
The inspection services are likely to be performed mostly with suppliers in China. Website
V-Trust is a leading international inspection services provider registered in Hong Kong, China & Vietnam since 2003. They have full accreditation and qualification in inspection fields. As an independent third-party inspection company, V-Trust has a sound inspection network covering China, India and Vietnam. Their 210+ full time inspectors are well trained, reliable and experienced in inspection for a wide product range. In 2016, more than 1,850 importers and buyers all over the world benefited from V-Trust inspection services, and we conducted over 4,300 inspections per month. Besides inspection services, V-Trust also provides buyers with supplier evaluation, laboratory testing & certification services. V-Trust's in house labs are located in Dongguan, China, with full accreditation from international authoritative bodies such as ISO9001, CNAS17020 (ISO/IEC17020) and IFIA (International Federation of Inspection Agencies) accreditations. V-Trust is the official inspection & testing partner of ASI (the largest organization in the USA of promotional product industry). Website
EURO INSPECTIONS.net is an European Third Party Inspection Services provider with extensive network of full time and freelance inspectors across Asia, Europe and America. Euro Inspections comply with ISO 17020 ( International Standard for Inspection Body) in its working. EI has upgraded its website to include e commerce and Online Ordering of Inspection/ Testing/Vendor Audit Services. They provide straight forwarded inspection services right at the customer’s computer. They cover industries such as Textiles, Electronics, Electrical & Machinery. Their services include First Article Inspection/Testing, During Production Inspection, Technical/Quality Inspections, Compliance Inspection, Container Supervision, Vendor Audits and Certifications. EI has now launched its Services in the UK and the Indian Subcontinent. Website
Euro Inspections A/S
Established in 2002, Euro Inspections A/S offer a wide range of professional services to the maritime, road and rail transport community. Euro Inspections A/S provide staff members with a solid expertise with cargo claims and P&I insurance. They provide: Goods condition and damage Surveys, Quality and quantity Surveys, Pre Shipment Surveys, Loss prevention services, Salvage services, Supercargo services, Lashing/Securing services, Insurance claims, P&I Surveys, on a 24-hour availability. This service would be of interest to those traders who deal in bulk cargo and ocean freight in general. Website