SFIA Partners with WFSGI to Support the Promotion of its Global Product Labeling Database

SILVER SPRING, MD (July 9, 2018) — The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) is partnering with the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) to support the promotion of the WFSGI Compliance Labeling Requirements (CLR) Database, which will be operational in late July 2018. The WFSGI CLR Database has been pre-financed by the WFSGI members and created in cooperation with Compliance & Risks, who is also responsible for managing the system and providing subject matter expertise. This online database provides subscribers with global information on product labeling requirements for the sports and fitness industry, as well as many other sectors. The labeling requirements will be provided for six different product categories, including apparel and textile, footwear, consumer electronics (wearables), personal protective equipment, sporting equipment and bicycles.

“This is a terrific new service to our industry and we’re very excited to partner with WFSGI and Compliance & Risks,” said Tom Cove, SFIA CEO and President. “This global database will create efficiencies and reduce headaches for any company that markets and distributes product around the world. It’s an easy-access, comprehensive, one-stop shop for companies and their teams to keep up with the most recent, or the most obscure, labeling requirements, and everything in between.”

Through this unique resource, companies will have access to labeling requirements, for both products and packaging, of 49 different countries around the world. The user-friendly platform allows subscribers to instantly create and download individualized, customized reports, based on their specific needs. In addition, subscribers will be notified, via email alerts, whenever a new regulation is pending, passed or upcoming, to ensure companies are always aware of, and prepared for, any regulation change that would require action on their behalf.

Commenting on the announcement, Robbert de Kock, WFSGI President and CEO said, “We are delighted to officially launch the WFSGI CLR database in July and are particularly pleased to count SFIA as our key Ambassador in America for the promotion of this unique and revolutionary initiative, which constitutes a big step forward in improving industries’ everyday business life.”

The idea and funding for this project is the result of a collaborative effort among sports and fitness companies, working to mitigate the many issues caused by different product labeling requirements around the world. Interest has quickly caught on throughout the industry. Asics, Columbia Sportswear, New Balance Athletics, Nike, Pentland Brands, Under Armour, VF Corporation and others have already committed to the database, confirming the value of this resource to any company selling globally. To provide more information about the CLR Database and its capabilities, SFIA is providing a demonstration video, created by WFSGI, which can be found on the homepage of www.sfia.org. If you have any further questions, please reach out to Alli Schulman at aschulman@sfia.org.

(The demonstration video of the database’s format and capabilities can also be found here)

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 www.sfia.org.

ABOUT THE WFSGI: The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) is an independent not-for-profit association with over 280 direct members and 5’000 indirect members and the largest names in the industry — collectively representing 70% of global industry turnover. WFSGI was founded in 1978 with a mandate to unite and serve sports and sports-inspired leisure brands, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, national/regional federations, industry and trade associations and all sporting goods industry related businesses. For more information, please visit www.wfsgi.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 www.complianceandrisks.com.

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