The Schemes’ Independent Inspector conducted more than 140 audits, inspecting well over 2,000 individual products in the process. Conformance across all four Schemes – Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes for Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sacks and the Accreditation Scheme for Distributors – was near perfect.
During 2019 all Distributor members either applied to join and successfully passed the Accreditation Scheme Inspection or left the Association and are no longer able to use the CHSA logo. Almost all applied to join and conformance is excellent, an average of more than 97 per cent.
“Our Accreditation Schemes make sure ‘what’s on the box is what’s in the box’ is the industry norm for buyers of cleaning and hygiene products,” explained Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the Accreditation Schemes. “It’s our rigorous process of Independent Inspection that means we can maintain this position and offer our guarantee to contract cleaners and facilities managers.
“With standards consistently high, our goal is now to persuade contract cleaners and facilities managers to specify Scheme membership in their tenders. It’s the only way they can be certain they get both a product that’s fit for purpose and exactly what they pay for.”
All members of the CHSA must also conform to the Association’s rigorous Code of Practice, which demands an ethical and responsible approach to business, and more importantly, that product labelling provides full and accurate dimensions and quantities.
Committed to the integrity of the Schemes, the CHSA’s governing Council will expel any Scheme member who, in spite of being offered the guidance required to correct issues, consistently fails to conform to the relevant Scheme Standard.