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Quality Control

What is quality control?

To ensure that products meet quality requirements, you carry out quality control. Products of inadequate quality thus don’t end up on the market, with all the financial and operational consequences that this might otherwise entail. There are several different methods of quality control. 


1. Quality control: meaning?

Quality control is all about checking products for quality and correctness. 

Any workmanship faults are detected before shipping and can therefore be resolved at an early stage. As a result, the importer can always be assured that the shipped products meet quality requirements.

This is important because product quality can often be affected by deviations from target standards and by variability around target specifications.

Quality control can be carried out by first or second parties (buyers or sellers of the products concerned) or a third party (a testing, inspection and certification company such as SGS, Intertek, Eurofins or Underwriters Laboratories). The level of involvement of this third party depends heavily on the wishes of the buyers and sellers.

ICW offers a software platform which is specialized in compliance management. This platform is aimed at retailers, importers, brands and e-commerce platforms. The platform validates supplier quality and product compliance.

2. Why is quality control important?

The Hubble Telescope was launched in April 1990 to much fanfare.

Unfortunately, within weeks of its launch, it was determined that image quality from the Telescope was far below expectations. The blurry images produced were an embarrassment to NASA.


What was the problem?

It was later found that the primary mirror was ground too flat by… about 2200 nanometers.


In the end, tens of millions of dollars had to be spent correcting this mistake.