Import Testing Mini Manual: Maternity Apparel 2013 (Temp

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TESTING MINI MANUAL

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Section 1 - Introduction Section 2 - Policy Statement Section 3 - Test Packages Section 4 - Test Procedures and Protocols: DMC responsibility Section 5 - Test Procedures and Protocols : Buying representative / vendor responsibility Section 6 - Test Procedures and Protocols: Certified Lab responsibility Section 5 - Testing Information on the Web Section 8 - DM Testing Team Contact Information Section 9 – DM Certified Lab’s Contact Information

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INTRODUCTION This Testing Manual provides the administrative procedures and testing requirements under the current testing program. These guidelines are based on the mandate that all soft lines merchandise purchased by DM must be tested to meet all applicable laws and regulatory requirements. Most test methods and test procedures are originated from:     ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists) CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) FTC (Federal Trade Commission) SECTION 1 3 . is committed to delivering quality merchandise to the Destination Maternity customer. Destination Maternity Corp. DM performance standards are used as a guideline for the evaluation of Mothers Work soft lines product acceptability. in addition to ensuring compliance with DM customer satisfaction and acceptability.

These labs will perform testing on all items as requested by DM and its suppliers as outlined in this manual. will only accept test reports from the following Destination Maternity Certified Laboratories:  INTERTEK  SGS  TUV SUD  UL ( UL affiliate in Peru Certintex) * all locations except USA Each Lab website has a list of all applicable domestic and international lab locations – to include contact name and addresses. SECTION 2 4 . has four main certified laboratories. Destination Maternity Corp.POLICY STATEMENT Destination Maternity Corp. and one affiliate lab. The DMC approved certified labs are available for the following type of testing:  Fabric and garment testing  Fabric inspections and in-line factory inspections  CPSIA testing  Chemical testing Testing or any subsequent test result does not limit Destination Maternity Corporation’s rights or diminish or remove buying representative or vendor’s responsibilities and obligations under the Purchase Order Terms and Conditions.

test program. has three testing package options under the program that encompass the following testing options:  DM Full Test Package (This test package is to be used for Motherhood / Oh Baby/ Pea in the Pod divisions only). individual / package pricing. garment and additional color testing.  Zipper’s  Metal Trim’s  Stocking’s/ Trouser Sock’s  Leg Sticker’s SECTION 3 5 . or to re-test specific test failures during the pre production testing process. test method’s. 2) Failure to test under one of the above required test package’s will be considered non-compliance and will result in delay’s to the test process. 3) Each test package clearly outlines the classification. These test menu’s are found within the Destinatio n Maternity Full Test Package –all divisions except Pea Collection.TEST PACKAGES Destination Maternity Corp. 1) The buying representative or vendor will not be permitted to customize or change any of the Destination Maternity Test packages.  Destination Maternity Pea Collection Test Package (This test package is to be used for Pea Collection division only). However buying representatives or vendors are permitted to run individual testing as needed in order to confirm or deny specific test results as directed by Destination Maternity Corp. sa mpling / yardage amounts and the standard required under the Destination Maternity Corp. This package has a reduced amount of tests in comparison to the Full Test Package. tests. garment and additional color testing. fabric type. The Full and Pea Collection test packages encompass the following specific classifications for testing:  Woven’s  Woven Lingerie  Knit’s  Knit Lingerie  Sweater’s  Denim  Swimwear  Bra’s  Panties  Leather The following list outlines test options for non standard classifications. This package includes fabric. The buying representative or vendor will be held responsible for these delay’s. This package includes fabric.

and performance standards and test prices. will discuss the situation wit the merchant team (and vendor when necessary). as they occur  Provide the buying representative or vendor with the Destination Maternity web site address: wwot. etc.DestinationMaternity. sample submission requirements.  Provide the buying representative or vendor with updates to the program in writing.  Provide the buying representative or vendor with a copy of the Destination Maternity Testing Manual. Destination Maternity Corp.com  Provide assistance with test failures/protocols/communication issues/Pricing or Technical discrepancies in regards to the testing program SECTION 4 6 . to determine the disposition as to retest or cancellation of the order.  When a product fails testing.TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOLS : Destination Maternity Corp.

protocol products pass all tests before production and shipment. you should be sending your production quality samples to the lab for garment testing). garments. All tests will be paid by the buying representative or vendor       Buying representative or vendor will submit.TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOL’S: Buying Representative’s & Vendors  As a buying representative or vendor to Destination Maternity Corp. garment . and put final closure to all testing and care label’s. It is the buying representative or vendors responsibility to ensure that all necessary tests are done to meet the Destination Maternity Testing requirements. protocol testing and care label closure of production merchandise. The best timing for garment testing is at pre production stage (at the same time that you are sending your production quality pre pro sample for final fit approval. The best timing for full fabric testing is when bulk fabric is approved by Destination Maternity Corp. You must guarantee that fabric. SECTION 5 7 . as required under the Destination Maternity test program.. You must guarantee that the approved care label is appropriate and legal based on the final testing for each style tested. in time for delivery. troubleshoot. you are fully responsible for all fabric.

Shelf bra or lining fabric’s – Additional 4 yards of each (if applicable) Fabric to be tested with the shell fabric  Trims – Tested in garment form – all production quality trims should be on all garments sent for garment testing Destination Maternity Additional Color Way Test Package:  1 yard fabric for each color being tested  Denim and sweater testing require 1 additional sample for each color being tested SECTION 5 8 .approval required in advance  Stocking’s / Trouser socks – 6 samples only  Leg Stickers .6 stickers  Combo Fabric’s.Additional 4 yards for each combo fabric being tested  Belly.TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOL’S: Buying Representative’s & Vendors SAMPLES / FABRIC REQUIRED FOR TESTING: The following is a list of the amount of fabric / garments required for each Destination Maternity garment classification under the current test program: Destination Maternity Full Test Package (Motherhood/Pea in the Pod & Oh Baby Divisions):  Woven’s – 4 yards fabric / 4 samples  Woven Lingerie – 4 yards fabric / 4 samples  Knit’s – 4 yards fabric / 4 samples  Knit Lingerie – 4 yards fabric / 4 samples  Sweater’s – 5 samples only  Denim – 5 samples only  Swimwear – 4 yards fabric / 4 samples  Bra’s – 4 yards fabric / 4 samples  Panties – 4 yards fabric / 4 samples  Leather – 4 yards worth of skins / 4 samples  Diaper bag’s – 5 samples only  Zipper’s – 26 whole zippers  Metal Trim’s – Call Testing Manager for sampling amount .

TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOL’S: Buying Representative’s & Vendors SAMPLES / FABRIC REQUIRED FOR TESTING: The following is a list of the amount of fabric / garments required for each Destination Maternity garment classification under the current test program: Destination Maternity Pea Collection Test Package:  Woven’s – 3 yards fabric / 2 samples  Woven Lingerie – 3 yards fabric / 2 samples  Knit’s – 3 yards fabric / 2 samples  Knit Lingerie – 3 yards fabric / 2 samples  Sweater’s – 3 samples only  Denim – 3 samples only  Swimwear – 3 yards fabric / 2 samples  Bra’s – 3 yards fabric / 2 samples  Panties – 3 yards fabric / 2 samples  Leather – 3 yards worth of skins / 2 samples  Belly Fabric – 3 yards  Lining Fabric –3 yards  Shelf Bra fabric – 3 yards  Trims – Tested in garment form – all production quality trims should be on all garments sent for garment testing Destination Maternity Pea Collection Additional Color Way Test Package:  1 yard fabric for each color being tested  Denim and sweater testing require 1 additional sample for each color being tested SECTION 5 9 .

instructions for use as applicable to the product tested. embellishments Protocol samples tested must have any applicable warning labels.TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOL’S: Buying Representative’s & Vendors PRE-PRODUCTION TESTING REQUIREMENTS Sending Testing To The Lab:          Follow the fabric / sampling amounts required for testing (includes protocol styles tested) Follow the Program testing requirements for which styles need to be tested within a program Fabric and garments must be in the darkest color on order. missing pieces) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR TESTING! The following outlines the pre-production testing requirements under the Destination Maternity Testing Program: SECTION 5 10 . Visually unsatisfactory samples ( stains. tears. Fabric must be identical to bulk production piece goods used for the garment /product submitted Pre Production samples must be made on production machinery and must represent bulk production Samples must include all bulk trim. accessories. law labels. Protocol styles must be tested in the exact color (s) ordered by Destination Maternity Corp.

The most current lab test request forms are available on the Destination Maternity Corp. garments. Failure to complete the CPSIA certificate information at the bottom of the lab test request forms will result in delay to the testing process. improper test pricing and testing delays. and samples sent to the lab for testing. Failure to sign this form or failure to advise the lab that you are a Destination Maternity Corp. Failure to fill out the Destination Maternity lab test request form properly will delay the testing process. Therefore the appropriate DM lab test request form is required to accompany all fabric.    SECTION 5 11 .TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOL’S: Buying Representative’s & Vendors PRE-PRODUCTION TESTING REQUIREMENT CONTINUED Lab Test Request Forms:  Destination Maternity Corp. No exceptions. website wwot. This will permit the lab to release the lab test results directly to Destination Maternity Corp. vendor will result in delays to the test process. has three lab test request forms for the following test package options: 1) Destination Maternity Full Test Packages 2) Destination Maternity Additional Color way Test Packages 3) Destination Maternity Pea Collection Test Packages 4) Destination Maternity Pea Collection Test Packages    Each test package requires its own Lab Test Request form. Failure to use the Destination Maternity lab test request forms will result in improper testing.com Whoever orders the testing must sign the bottom of the Destination Maternity test request form.destcorp.

 All new fabric adoptions should be preliminarily tested on available colors (bright or dark colors unless only pastel’s or light’s will be used in bulk) in order to establish acceptable performance on the fabric prior to production.  This preliminary testing may not be used in place of the required pre-production testing and should not be submitted for approval at pre pro stage. SECTION 4 12 . At production color approval stage (after fabric quality is approved) the following is required for internal dunk testing:  1/2 yard of each color on order (per style)  Yardage for dunk testing should be sent automatically to the appropriate testing associate  Internal results will be communicated via e-mail Greige Fabric Commitments:  Greige fabric commitments are subject to completion of lab testing.TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOL’S: Buying Representative’s & Vendors PRE-PRODUCTION TESTING REQUIREMENTS CONTINUED Additional Color ways:  All additional colors on order must be tested for colorfastness and PH value  When testing additional color ways – 1 yard of each color to be tested is required  Send the additional color fabric simultaneously with the fabric / samples sent for full testing New Colors:  All new colors adopted must be tested for colorfastness and PH value  When testing new colors please choose the additional color way test package option on the Lab Test Request Form Swim wear Colors:  All new colors adopted must be dunk tested by Destination Maternity Corp.

New Programs:  New programs must be fully tested under the appropriate Destination Maternity Test package Re-Tests:  All re-tests are the buying representative or vendor’s responsibility.TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOL’S: Buying Representative’s & Vendors PRE-PRODUCTION TESTING REQUIREMENTS CONTINUED Re-Orders & On Going Programs:  Re-orders shipping more than 1 year past a previous shipment must be tested as a NEW program. spinning.  Approval of another time frame status other than the published time frame is subject to approval of Destination Maternity Corp. the previous test report number must be referenced on the Lab Test Request Form. Garments must be production quality/color/finish exactly as bulk production. finishing or the addition of any embellishment/trim/heat seal/decoration. Garment Dye styles:  Garment dye styles are required to have testing performed in garment form only.  If a previous report number is not referenced. No exceptions.  Any buying representative or vendor who are unsure of their re-order or on-going program status must contact the Testing Associate or Testing Manager for confirmation.  Re-Orders shipping less than 6 months from a previous shipment must be tested as a new program if any element of the order has changed. dyeing. deemed necessary. the full fabric and garment test may be performed upon the submission. This includes new factory. Additional Testing:  Destination Maternity Corp. On product re-tests. reserves the right to require any additional testing. * For new buying representatives or vendors the requirement will be 3 months until established. knitting. This means new full fabric / Garment tests are required * For new buying representatives or vendors the requirement will be 6 months until established. supplier. weaving. upon request SECTION 5 13 . upper management.

Vendors who attempt to use these fabrics for DM production are subject to cancellation. Only Class 1 fabrics will be permitted for Destination Maternity production. does not permit lab testing or care label approval on fabrics that fail outside the DM requirement for AZO Dye Colorants: none detected up to 20 ppm  All colors except White are to be tested for AZO Dye Colorants  AZO dye is exhibited on all test menus. this means the lab must automatically run AZO dye however it is billed separately outside the package price SECTION 5 14 . does not permit the use of Class 2 or Class 3 flammability for its apparel fabrics.TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOL’S: Buying Representative’s & Vendors PRE-PRODUCTION TESTING REQUIREMENTS CONTINUED Flammability Requirements:  Destination Maternity Corp.no exceptions  Destination Maternity Corp.  Destination Maternity Corp. does not permit lab testing or care label approval on fabrics that Fail outside the DM requirements listed for formaldehyde: none detected up to 75 ppm AZO Dye Requirements: Effective October 2008  AZO Dye testing is required on all import styles shipped for DM .

must exhibit the following in order for approval   French Translation – for all words exhibited on the label in English there must be the corresponding French Translation (French translations are located on the web at wwot.TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOL’S: Buying Representative’s & Vendors PRE-PRODUCTION TESTING REQUIREMENTS CONTINUED Care Label Closure Responsibility:  The buying representative / vendor is responsible for the closure of the care label for the product they are providing for Destination Maternity Corp.motherswork.major testing failures) 2) Sending the fully completed test package (all test reports. testing recap and care label layout form) to the appropriate testing associate or technical designer for review and approval Care Label Requirements: All care label layouts submitted to Destination Maternity Corp. is 5 working days from the date received Any requests for RUSH testing turn time are at the discretion of the Destination Maternity Testing Department and are based on testing volume SECTION 5 15 .. garment. additional color way’s (if applicable) and re-tests if applicable .com) USA care symbols that correspond with the care wording advised on the layout Care Label Closure Turn Time:  Care label approval and closure must be competed at pre production sample stage by the date confirmed in the T&A   Turn time for care labels sent to Destination Maternity Corp.  Care label closure is achieved by doing the following 1) Successfully completing all required testing under the Destination Maternity testing programs (full fabric.

TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOL’S: Buying Representative’s & Vendors PRE-PRODUCTION TESTING REQUIREMENTS CONTINUED Colorfastness Requirements:  Destination Maternity Corp. etc. tie dye.  Wet Crocking failures waived require “wash before wearing” to be automatically added to care label  DMC warning hang tag is required for all styles that meet the reduced crocking requirement category. does not permit excessive waivers for colorfastness to crocking .  DMC warning hang tag may be added to a style at the direction of Testing Associate based on test results or extenuating circumstances. SECTION 5 16 . wash or dry cleaning. A reduced crocking requirement is indicated for pigment. over dye.  Crocking requirements are clearly outlined in each test menu.

and sent to BVCPS/ USA Lab for testing for the advised performance complaint. DM reserves the right to run additional tests that may relate to the complaint. If post production testing shows a failure outside of the production approved testing the buying representative or vendor will be alerted via e mail for resolution Failed post production testing will be paid for by the buying representative or vendor   Compliance:  Deficiencies in compliance with these terms may result in charge backs as specified herein or elsewhere SECTION 5 17 . stock samples will be pulled by Destination Maternity Corp.TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOL’S: Buying Representative’s & Vendors PRE-PRODUCTION TESTING REQUIREMENTS CONTINUED Cancellations:  Any Fabric that fails garment testing cannot be cut for production without a waiver from the Destination Maternity Testing Department.  Any garments cut from the fabric failing testing is at the risk of the buying representative or vendor and is subject for cancellation Customer Complaints:  Customer complaints that relate to unacceptable consumer performance are subject to post production testing  In the event of a complaint.

3) The lab will complete hard copy report in the “Report” form including reasons for failure and recommendations for improvements in the case of fail rating. 2) FAIL – The product has deficiencies of such severity that customer dissatisfaction will likely result and / or non –compliance of DM testing standards or regulatory requirements. Testing invoice will be mailed to buying representative or vendor. 5) Passing test reports – The complete hard copy report (including all swatches) and the testing invoice will be mailed to the buying representative or vendor who ordered the testing.TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOL’S: DM Certified Lab’s CERTIFIED LAB’S RESPONSIBILITY’S CONTINUED: Test Evaluation and Reporting: The lab will complete all testing and evaluate the test results (See Destination Maternity test packages). SECTION 6 18 . 4) The lab will confirm recommended fiber content. The product cannot be sold until improvements are made. Tested specimens will be returned as well unless otherwise advised by the buying representative or vendor. They will rate the product by: 1) PASS – The product provides good overall consumer serviceability and requires no improvement. Tested specimens may or may not be requested depending on the failures. 6) Failing test reports – The complete hard copy report (including all swatches) will be automatically be redirected and mailed to the Destination Maternity corporate office instead of the buying representative or vendor. reserves the right to request any and all tested specimens in order to expedite testing waivers or determine appropriate course of action for production. Destination Maternity Corp. based on the test results. care label wording and USA care symbols.

Att: Mari Alessi-Kowalski at: mkowalski@DestinationMaternity.TEST PROCEDURES & PROTOCOL’S: DM Certified Lab’s CERTIFIED LAB’S RESPONSIBILITY’S CONTINUED: Test Evaluation and Reporting: The lab will e-mail test reports (in the “report” form / PDF format) to the following recipients:  Buying representative or vendor who ordered the testing  Destination Maternity Corp. This will permit the lab to release the lab test results directly to Destination Maternity Corp.  Failure to sign the test request form or advise the lab that you are a DM buying representative or vendor will result in delays to the testing process. SECTION 6 19 .com  Any additional Destination Maternity recipients listed for CC on the lab test request form Testing Release Form:  Whoever orders the testing must sign the bottom of the Destination Maternity test request form. . Buying representatives and vendors will be held responsible for these delays not the lab.

TESTING INFORMATION ON THE WEB The following testing information is posted on the Destination Maternity Website: wwot.motherswork.com SECTION 7 20 .

32838 Testing Associate/Baby Product & Nursing Accessories Trainer: Endia Johnson: E-Mail: ejohnson@DesinationMaternity.com Phone 215-873-2200 ext.com Phone 215-873-2200 ext. 32839 Sr. 32353 Testing Associate / Market Buy Direct Testing Trainer: Lindsay Griffin e-mail lgriffin@DestinationMaternity. Tech Designer/ Import Bra Testing : Hether May E-Mail: hmay@DestinationMaternity.com Phone 215-873-2200 ext. Tech Designer/ Import Testing Trainer : Maria Norman E-Mail: mnorman@DestinationMaternity. 32474     Sr. SECTION 8 21 .com Phone 215-873-2200 ext.TESTING TEAM CONTACT INFORMATION  Testing Director: /Cosmetics Testing Trainer: Mari Alessi-Kowalski: E-Mail: mkowalski@DestinationMaternity.com Phone 215-873-2200 ext. 32370 **Please reference Technical Design Responsibility Chart for all of the above team members individual testing categories.

CERTIFIED LABS: US Global Account Managers Maria O’Sullivan Key Account Manager Consumer Products & Retail TÜV SÜD America. NJ 07004 Phone: +973-461-7945 Fax: +973-575-7175 Email: nevine.2024 M: 860. Key Account Manager SGS Consumer Testing Services 291 Fairfield Ave Fairfield. 1559 King Street Enfield. Suite 0207 Peabody. Inc.8546 Nevine Noss Consumer Testing Services.davis@intertek. MA 01960 Email: mosullivan@tuvam.noss@ Emily Davis Account Manager Consumer Goods INTERTEK Penn Station Newark.835.com Mobile: 908-635-4441 Brianna Faas Client Services Specialist Verification Services UL Verification Services Inc. a Division of North America. Inc. 10 Centennial Drive.817. NJ 07102 Email: emily. CT 06082 USA T: 860.com/consumer products SECTION 9 22 .578.com Mobile: 978.7860 W: ul.

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