SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification firm, has joined hands with fashion giant Uniqlo China to introduce retailer’s first Independently Checked (IC) Mark for infants’ clothing.
The SGS IC Mark is a globally recognised, voluntary product certification scheme that helps manufacturers and retailers have greater ability to demonstrate their focus on quality and performance.
Uniqlo China contracts the SGS specialists to undertake a factory qualification audit alongside product testing, comprising both compliance and hazardous chemical substances testing of UNIQLO’s infant series of textile products, fabrics and accessories.
Importantly, SGS certified that the retailer had met all mandatory and technical requirements. Consequently, Uniqlo was awarded the IC Mark certification.
Congratulating Uniqlo in China for achieving this certification, Yvonne Tse, VP Global Softlines, SGS, shared “By taking a customised approach to our quality assurance certification, we were able to provide a corresponding certification mark based on the characteristics of Uniqlo’s products.
Yvonne Tse added “This award enables the company to demonstrate the outstanding characteristics of its products and stand out to consumers amongst fierce market competition. To consumers around the world, we believe it’s only trusted because it’s tested.”
The IC Mark was developed by SGS to address consumer concerns and to enable organisations to display a QR code on product packaging, which gives consumers instant access to the certification test results.
SGS has 89,000 employees that operate a network of 2,600 offices and laboratories.