YPO Joins CHSA Accreditation Scheme
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YPO Joins CHSA Accreditation Scheme

By Jonathan Carr, Assistant Buyer for Cleaning and Hygiene

Highlighting our commitment to providing customers with high quality products and an excellence in service, YPO has passed the stringent auditing process and secured admission to the Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers' Association (CHSA) as part of the Distributor Accreditation Scheme. We’re proud to announce that we’re the first public sector buying organisation to have gained this accreditation.


Following on from the auditing process, we’ve secured membership of the Accreditation Scheme. Securing this membership is signalling our commitment to providing quality products; customers can be sure that it runs through our products and our business.


“At the heart of the CHSA is its determination to maintain standards,” said Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the CHSA’s Accreditation Schemes. “With this in mind, we’re delighted to welcome YPO into the Accreditation Scheme. Their membership proves their commitment to making sure their customers get what they pay for and product that conforms to the specification stipulated in the Scheme.”


The CHSA's Accreditation Schemes for soft tissue, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops and the Accredited Distributor Scheme give buyers the assurance that "what's on the box is what's in the box". All buyers need to do is keep an eye out for the Accreditation Scheme logos: "Our Standards, Your Guarantee".


To gain admission to one of the CHSA's Accreditation Schemes is challenging. Applicants must pass the initial audit; which is carried out by the CHSA's Independent Inspector of their product range and existing quality assurance processes. Once they’re passed this first step, applicants are then audited frequently throughout the first year to ensure that the standard they had to achieve to gain membership to the Accreditation Scheme is maintained.


Members are then visited by the Independent Inspector repeatedly through each year, product being selected from the warehouse and production line for inspection. The Independent Inspector must confirm that the labels comply with the relevant Scheme's specification. This ensures that both buyers can be confident that "what's on the box is what's in the box" and the product is entirely traceable to the manufacturer and the specified batch.


The inspector must confirm the dimensions of the product are as specified, the product is fit for purpose and the dimensions of the product are specified on the packaging. The Independent Inspector must also audit member's quality systems - ensuring they are as vigilant with their own systems as with the products audited by the Inspector.


Further information can be found on the CHSA website.