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Household Goods Technical and Quality Documentation Support

*TCF = Technical Compliance File

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Thanks to its various labs operating in Asia and Europe, API provides our customers with a full range of testing solutions to evaluate the quality of their products and to guarantee conformity to the standards and regulations in their destination market. With its five laboratories operating near the largest hard-goods production hubs in Asia as well as in Europe, API can provide a comprehensive range of products testing solutions.

Importers, brands, and retailers must ensure that their products comply with all relevant standards and regulations of the country in which the product will be sold. Depending on the product, API will determine the scope of issues related to compliance, and collect the product testing documents and other reports from the concerned parties.

When all the necessary documents have been checked and validated, a report is issued that guarantees the conformity of the product. All the reports will be available on a full protected access online database that can be accessed from this website by clicking on the API-online entry portal.

Benefits

  • Prevent unsaleable products reaching your market
  • Comply with your market’s regulations
  • Get expert assistance with completing compliance documentation

TCF Survey Documents

Below is an example of the list of documents provided for a Technical Compliance File (TCF) survey:

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Technical Compliance File (TCF) Service Overview

Depending on the product, API will determine the scope of issues related to compliance, and collect the test reports from the concerned party. The reports will then be checked by qualified engineers in order to verify that they match the actual product.

If necessary, API will provide the necessary information about missing reports, and provide assistance to arrange and/or perform the missing tests.

Once all of the necessary reports have been checked and validated, a TCF report that guarantees the conformity of the product is issued.

All of the reports will be made available with full online protected access.

API expertise’s related to TCF covers many fields, such as:

  • Toys
  • Furniture
  • Electrical products
  • Food contact products
  • Hand tools
  • Christmas decorations
  • ...and more

The new toys safety directive 2009/48/EC establishes the requirements for “Technical documentation”, namely the list of documents that must be prepared in order to export toys to the EU. TCF is a ready-to-use solution that fulfills these requirements.

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Compliance with the New Toys Directive and use of the Batch Follow up File (BFF) Service

Starting from July 2011, all the toys exported to the EU must be accompanied by a set of documents that is subject to inspection by the customs, or market surveillance authorities. These documents ensure the compliance, safety, and traceability of the products, and must be kept for 10 years after the last importation.

  1. The first set of document relates to the construction and characteristics of the toy, and will be used for several shipments, or POs. This group of documents will be collected for the TCF.

  2. The second set of documents contains the information describing a specific shipment and which must be updated for each importation of the toy. This file is referred to as the Batch Follow-up File (BFF).

More specifically this document will include:

  • The PO number.
  • The batch code.
  • Quality control before shipment: inspection and pre-shipment lab test reports issued by the first-party or third-party quality control service provider.
  • Manufacturing and storage locations if they vary from one shipment to the other.
  • The TCF file as described above.

For each shipment, the validity of the TCF will be checked and elements updated if necessary. Revision will be needed, for example, in the event of a design change or the obsolescence of a test report due to a standard revision.

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