Icix, a global supply chain risk management company, has developed Direct Test, a cloud-based application designed for product safety compliance.

Icix develops supply chain risk management solutionDirect Test automates the collection and management of third-party product tests to monitor and address safety and regulatory requirements efficiently, according to a news release.

“With more than 38 million products recalled in 2013, product safety is clearly an issue for both consumers and businesses,” Matt Smith, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Icix, said in the release. “The globalization of supply chains and increased regulation have made it much more difficult to manage extended supply chain risk. We developed Direct Test in collaboration with leading brands, retailers and testing labs to help them proactively and efficiently meet the challenge of validating product safety.”

Direct Test automates and streamlines the management of product testing and regulatory documentation.

The program has been in a soft launch with select companies, but it is now widely available to both retailers and manufacturers in the food, general merchandise and apparel industries.