New Global Product Labeling Database Officially Launched by SFIA and WFSGI

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Alli Schulman
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New Global Product Labeling Database Officially Launched by SFIA and WFSGI

Service will provide constantly updated information on labeling and packaging laws & regulations in 49 countries

SILVER SPRING, MD (Oct. 18, 2018) — An easy-to-use, extremely detailed database to help sports and fitness companies keep in compliance with national and local laws has been launched by the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), with the support of the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA). Known as the WFSGI Compliance Labeling Requirements (CLR) Database, this online tool provides up-to-date global compliance intelligence on labeling requirements, ensuring companies avoid potential costly re-work, stop ships and product recalls, which ultimately result in lost revenue and brand damage.

“This is a game-changer for companies that produce and sell sports and fitness products in multiple countries,” said Tom Cove, SFIA President and CEO. “This database will be a one-stop-shop on every kind of regulation and compliance issue. It speaks directly to the hassle and cost our companies face in keeping up with rapidly changing laws across our global marketplace.”

The CLR Database is the result of a collective effort among sporting goods companies, and has been brought into existence through a partnership between the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) and Compliance & Risks, who is responsible for managing the system and providing subject matter expertise.

“We are very pleased to launch the WFSGI Compliance Labeling Requirements (CLR) Database after a successful pilot period,” said Robbert de Kock, President & CEO of the WFSGI. “This new WFSGI service will help companies to navigate through a blurry jungle of worldwide labeling information and avoid the expenditure of considerable time, energy and cost.”

“A huge amount of work has gone into getting the CLR Database launched, and we are so excited about the benefits we’re bringing to companies with this innovative approach to managing requirements,” added Jim Costello, Chairman of Compliance & Risks. “Following a rigorous testing period with some of the most successful sporting goods companies in the world, we are confident that this solution will address their labeling requirement needs.”

Companies already benefiting from the platform include Asics, BMC Switzerland, Canyon Bicycles, Columbia Sportswear, IIC-INTERSPORT International Corporation, New Balance Athletics, Nike, Pentland Brands, Under Armour and VF Corporation.

Users can search and report on up-to-date requirements by country and by product, as well as receive alerts of recent, pending and future regulatory changes, and free access to subject matter experts. In addition, all reports can be customized and downloaded instantly by database subscribers.

Interested companies can subscribe through SFIA. To sign up for a free demo, click here. If you have any further questions, please reach out to Alli Schulman at aschulman@sfia.org.

ABOUT SFIA: The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products and fitness industry. SFIA seeks to promote sports and fitness participation, as well as industry vitality through research, thought leadership, public affairs, industry affairs and member services. For more information, please visit http://www.sfia.org.

ABOUT COMPLIANCE & RISKS: Founded in 2002, Irish-owned Compliance & Risks helps manufacturers, retailers and their supply chain partners monitor and manage requirements, regulations and standards for a cleaner, safer and better world. It creates business advantage for clients by providing reliable legislative information, insights and actions through C2P, its knowledge management platform, consulting, market access, managed services and other solutions.

The company is recognized as the end to end global regulatory solutions provider across the technology, consumer goods and retail, industrial goods and life sciences sectors. Headquartered in Cork, they also have offices in Brussels, California, London and New York. For more information, please visit http://www.complianceandrisks.com.

ABOUT THE WORLD FEDERATION OF THE SPORTING GOODS INDUSTRY — WFSGI: The WFSGI is the world authoritative body for the sports industry officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the industry representative within the Olympic Family. The WFSGI is an independent association with no objective of economic character for its own gain and formed by sports and sports-inspired leisure brands, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, national/regional federations, industry and trade associations and all sporting goods industry related businesses.

Our purpose is to represent and inspire the industry, to invest in innovation, promote physical activity, support free trade and do business in an ethical and sustainable way. As part of our mission we facilitate legally permissible communication and cooperation to enhance competitiveness and innovation. We seek to positively influence the way our products are manufactured, with a focus on people involved in the manufacturing and the environment. Our members are steering the direction of the industry. The future of the sporting goods industry begins with the professional networks that we support. http://www.wfsgi.org.

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