Category: Audit

Top 3 Benefits of C-TPAT Audits

Although the program started in 2001, there continues to be a lack of understanding regarding what C-TPAT is and how it benefits and adds organizational value. What is it? “The U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism initiative (C-TPAT) is a voluntary U.S. Customs and Border Protection program designed to improve border security while also accelerating the processing of import shipments.” What do we have to do with that?  Pro QC audits suppliers for conformance to the C-TPAT requirements, as part of your preparation process to register in the program or general risk management. Many companies require their suppliers to comply even …

An Introduction to Auditing – The How & Why

We saw this video posted recently and thought it was such an excellent introduction to audits that we had to share. We’ve also written a few articles related to auditing: Preparing for an Audit Top 3 Factory Audit Components Social Accountability Audits  Sustainability Audits

Preparing for an audit

A previous Quality Q & A newsletter article featured tips for audit preparation.   In the reprinted content below, Pro QC’s Supplier Development Manager discusses how each party can expedite the process.   Preparation for a factory audit can be broken down by responsibilities of the client, supplier (factory) and third party (Pro QC). Communication and documentation are key actions that increase the likelihood objectives are met. The Client:   Inform the supplier to let them know an audit will be scheduled and provide additional contact details as available. Consider the length of time requested by the supplier, in addition to …

Top 3 – Key factory audit components

Performing factory audits to assist in supplier selection or throughout the production cycle is a primary contributor to a reduction in both sourcing risks and cost.  While specific standards often apply, such as the ISO series, factory audits do have several key components in common. 1) Management  Who is the management and what management style is generally supported within the corporate culture?  Through observation and interviews, an audit reveals attitudes and general values that serve as indicators of the overall organization’s realized performance. “One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned over the past couple of decades, from a management perspective, is that …