Quality Inspection

Product Inspections

By carrying out in-process and pre-shipment examinations we identify issues at the factory with the goals of shipping less faults while reducing counteractive action time and eradicating the sources.

First-Article Inspections

The International Trade Council can support with positioning inspections of first-article examples prior to mass production. This certifies that product conditions are being met and avoids needless re-engineering.

In-Process Inspections

By examining samples of your products picked while in the manufacturing process, these on-site inspections confirm the quality of your products, while giving you the time to make any needed changes. This saves your business on reworking time and costs.

Pre-Shipment Inspections

Our engineers ensure that completed goods conform to your specifications during pre-shipment inspections.

Sample Collection Service

If inspections are not the service you need, the International Trade Council can help with lab testing or customer approval submissions. With the Council’s Sample Collection Service, we visit the factories, randomly selecting samples for you and transport them to any destination that you provide. Since this process requires no inspection, this is a very quick and affordable service.

Factory Audits

To guarantee that your facilities can provide high-quality goods, operate proficiently, and support constant improvement. Pro QC offers process surveys and supplier audits.

Supplier Capability and Qualification

Our engineers analyse your prospective or new suppliers on- site and give detailed reports on the quality systems, general operations, credentials and competencies of the supplier as a sustainable source.

Supplier Process Control and Quality System

The International Trade Council’s supplier assessments evaluate all manufacturing method control systems for new or existing suppliers. Every report covers multiple areas, including quality control methods, evaluating management, non-conforming materials, inspection/test equipment, and corrective action.

Ethical Manufacturing Audits

These evaluations focus on the following areas: Health and safety, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, compensation, management practices, forced labor, freedom of association and child labour laws.


Although we have offered ISO14000 (environmental) and SA8000 (social responsibility) audits for a number of years, many retailers are now demanding audits that combine elements of both of these standards along with additional elements covering energy usage, renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions, life cycle management, materials and waste reduction, supplier’s supply chain activities and even more.

Industry standards in this space are in their early stages and evolving speedily. The International Trade Council’s team of auditors and supplier development professionals are ready to outline your audits for conformance to the standards developing from your clients in both retail and industry.

ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14000, TS 16949 & GMP

We provide factory audits using the ISO 9001, ISO 13485, TS16949, GMP standards and/or the ISO 14000 environmental standard. Our professionals conduct initial and/or final audits to certify continuous enhancement goals are being recognized and realised.


The U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism initiative (C-TPAT) is a voluntary U.S. Customs and Border Protection programme intended to increase border security while also fast-tracking the processing of import deliveries. Visit the official U.S. customs web site for detailed information: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/cargo_security/ctpat/ctpat_program_info

The International Trade Council can audit your suppliers for conformance to the C-TPAT requirements, as part of your research process to catalogue in the programme or general risk management. Many businesses want their suppliers to comply even though they don’t officially register in the database as a C-TPAT audit will provide information that is useful in handling the security of your production, products, and tooling at the supplier’s factory.

Financial Risk Assessment

The International Trade Council offers a Financial Risk Assessment Audit that will assist you in identifying the risks related to samples, as well as new product introductions, rejections or other quality failures, sort and rework, expedited or late delivery. Our report helps you make a sound supplier selection by permitting you to quantify supplier performance financial risk as much as we can.

The International Trade Council’s auditors visit the supplier and evaluate each component of the assessment with them in detail, scrutinising their verbal assertions and revising documentary evidence of both permanent policies and previous examples of performance. The audit report scores the level of financial risk a supplier represents as one of the following:

  • Very High Risk
  • High Risk
  • Medium Risk
  • Low Risk

Photographs and all associated documentation of the facilities are also provided.

Combination and Custom Audits

The International Trade Council offers combination and custom audits that consist of elements from any mix of the standard audits itemised above, planned for your precise requirements as well as budget.

Steps to getting an audit:

  1. Provide your specifications:

Provide your specifications including the factory and production details settled upon with your supplier.

  1. Receive your detailed report:

Within 24 hours of the audit or inspection you receive your detailed report. This allows you to make the best production decisions for your corporation.

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