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Pro QC has over 38 years experience in quality control and quality assurance across virtually every industry.
Supplier selection and monitoring can be challenging. A purchasing manager must sort through the sea of possibilities to identify the few superior suppliers among the many subpar, fly-by-night operators. Then comes the task of continually checking on supplier performance. Additionally, a company must consider the requirements of quality management systems such as ISO 9001, IATF 16949, and ISO 13485 in supplier evaluation, selection, and monitoring.
When implemented in the supplier selection process, a supplier audit can help prevent production delays and product defects. It provides confidence in supplier reliability up front and gives crucial early insight into the supplier’s quality management system (QMS). This article will describe the function of a supplier audit, present Pro QC’s suite of supplier audit solutions, and showcase a Pro QC client that fixed a major risk to their business because of the findings of a supplier audit.
A supplier audit is a third-party check on the supplier’s production capability and quality assurance practices, or a quality management system. It can be as fast and cost-effective as profiling of factory legitimacy, or as exhaustive as a quality management system audit.
Assessing suppliers accurately while keeping auditing costs under control is best done with a supplier evaluation funnel. In this approach, a large pool of potential suppliers is winnowed down using audit and development tools that lead to a long-term partnership with a small group of rigorously selected and developed suppliers.
A supplier audit is used to verify a supplier complies with your requirements. These requirements may relate to:
Ensuring compliance with industry standards, QMS, and health, safety and environment (HSE)
Pro QC’s suite of solutions includes the following audits along the supplier selection funnel:
The supplier quality audit is a general assessment of the potential supplier’s operations and quality capability. It answers questions such as whether specifications and work instructions are in place, independent QA/QC is established, a corrective action system is present, and defects are identified and isolated according to procedure. The audit comes after a larger group of suppliers is verified. It comes before a more exhaustive quality management system audit and before targeted audits of manufacturing processes.
When deployed in this supplier selection process, a supplier quality audit prevents production delays and product defects. It assures supplier reliability up front and gives crucial early insight into the supplier’s quality management system.
Our teams of auditors support clients throughout Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Middle East with supplier audit services. We are proud of the value we offer clients through our tailor-made solutions. Our range of supplier audit services include:
A client wanted to start business with a mechanical parts supplier in Poland but needed assurance that the company could answer their project requirements in terms of quality, reliability and capacity. Pro QC conducted an on-site Supplier Quality Audit covering the following elements:
The audit report identified high risks and gave an overall supplier audit score below 55%. The essential quality management subsystems of Management Responsibility, Document Control, Purchasing, Quality Assurance / Process Control, were scored below 35%.
Among the findings:
The audit report outlined substantial risks of doing business with this supplier. They traced back mainly to the supplier’s lack of real experience in international business.
The audit identified major problems and the quality management system was deemed unacceptable. Using this supplier was likely to have a negative impact on client product quality. Because of these findings and recommendations from Pro QC, the client decided to proceed with another supplier avoiding costly mistakes down the road.
Pro QC provides supplier audits to assess the reliability and risks of your potential and existing suppliers. We are ready to partner with your team to ensure your suppliers uphold your company’s goals.
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Pro QC has been providing quality assurance, engineering and consulting services since 1984.
We offer quality solutions in over 88 countries and we are continuously expanding our network.
We offer online reporting and detailed reports within 24 hours of job completion.
Our global engineering team has the requisite industry expertise to verify quality and conformance.
Quality assurance, supplier development and factory consulting services provided since 1984. We offer solutions in over 88 countries.
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