What is the Quality and Audit Programme (QAP)? 

QAP, the EDANA quality and audit programme, is a voluntary programme and comprises of 2 parts:

This first element is a minimum quality standard, which specifies minimum requirements for the quality management system of a supplier in the hygiene industry, thus helping to ensure consumer expectations of this industry are met. The word ‘minimum’ indicates this is a common benchmark, developed by EDANA and a wide range of members in the hygiene industry, including both suppliers and converters*. Industry players can apply different and/or additional quality requirements in their business.

The second element is an audit scheme assuring that:

  • Audits are conducted by reputable, trained and qualified third-party auditors.
  • Suppliers are no longer subject to multiple, independent but quite similar audits.
  • Audit results are owned by the individual suppliers and shared through a cloud-based platform with converters that have been granted access by those suppliers.

*a wide range of companies have contributed to the QAP, including but not limited to Essity, Fibertex Personal Care, Fitesa, H.B. Fuller, Kimberly-Clark, Mondi, Ontex, PFNonwovens, Procter & Gamble, RKW, Sandler and TWE.

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