THE THAI SPA ASSOCIATION has teamed up with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, to establish a voluntary Thai Spa Excellence Quality Standard.
In announcing the new standard, Andrew Jacka, president of the Thai Spa Association, noted that it would help Thai spa operators define and monitor the quality and safety of their operations.
“As the ASEAN Economic Community 2015 deadline draws ever closer, the Thai Spa Association is exploring all options to ensure that the Thai Spa industry continues to maintain its market position and cultural integrity.”
He said he has “high expectations as the new standard is rolled out to the entire Thai spa community” and paid special tribute to the association’s standards and practices committee, under the chairmanship of Sunai Vachiraswarakarn, and its work with SGS in the development of the new standard.
The standard is based on five key elements – facilities and infrastructure and spa operational control that includes licensing and hygiene, sanitation and cleanliness, personnel and monitoring, and improvement.
As an independent audit company, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. It has more than 67,000 employees and operates a network of some 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.
In this assignment, its mandate was to develop standards that will protect the reputation of Thai spas and leverage Thai spa potential for continuous improvement, including internal cost controls by providing key stakeholder endorsement of best spa practices.
“We know this new standard will help Thai Spa reinforce its premier marketing position inAsia,” added Andrew Jacka.