Handle With Care

Abstract:Urgent research and development needs often result in companies seeking materials from unqualified suppliers. Some companies may be willing to accept the risk that these materials may be unsafe or unreliable because waiting for supplier qualification until production begins presents issues of scale-up and availability. A strategy should be developed to involve R&D in the supplier management process from the earliest stages of their process. A preliminary evaluation can help qualify R&D suppliers without the time and expense of an on-site audit. Those determined to be acceptable may be granted conditional approval status for use by …

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Concise points to present to those who want to know, "What's the big deal?"
--Marcia M. Weeden, 09-09-2010

Ms. Evans offers a concise and practical risk-based approach to supply chain qualification and management. Well done!
--Annette, 09-08-2010

I found this article to be enlightening and very useful. Thank you!
--Jessica, 09-07-2010

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