The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has welcomed the first distributors into its new Accredited Distributors Scheme after they successfully passed the auditing process.
The first approved distributors include the national networks Jangro and independent distributors DJB Supplies, CPD, Mark Douglas, Capital Cleaning and Martin Vitera. The other major distributors in the sector – Bunzl Cleaning and Safety, Nationwide and Arco and a further 8 Independent Distributors – are all nearing completion of the auditing process.
The CHSA Accredited Distributor Scheme went live on 1 January 2017, all distributor members of the CHSA being invited to apply to join.
“Our focus is on driving up standards in the industry,” explained Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the Accreditation Scheme Panels and Vice President of the CHSA. “The increasing number of buyers of cleaning and hygiene products specifying our Schemes in their tenders is the evidence we are making a significant impact.
“We’re delighted distributors have responded so positively to the launch of the Accredited Distributor Scheme; Membership signals their commitment to supplying product that can be relied upon to meet the Scheme Standards and the CHSA Code of Practice.”
To join, distributors must sign a declaration that they will only stock and offer for sale CHSA Accredited products or products that conform to the same Standards as required by the relevant CHSA Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme.
Gaining admittance to the Accreditation Scheme for Distributors is challenging. As with the Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme, applicants are admitted to the Scheme on the successful completion of an auditing process conducted by the CHSA’s Independent Inspector. Once they have successfully passed the audit and secured Accreditation Scheme status they will continue to be regularly, giving buyers of their products the certainty that standards are sustained.