Reaching Out

Abstract:Sourcing manufacturers need to make sure their suppliers maintain quality standards, but suppliers cannot be expected to maintain the same quality management systems or standards. A simple method of identifying gaps in quality management is the use of ISO 9001 Modified. For a supplier already ISO 9001 compliant, specific gaps can be identified and added to existing ISO 9001 compliance. For a supplier not ISO 9001 compliant, the important gaps can be filled in with procedures based on the relevant portions of ISO 9001. The keys to the ISO 9001 Modified approach are solid risk analysis, understanding of and adherence to quality management standards, and collaboration between the supplier and the sourcing …

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--Larry Cracraft, 09-14-2011

Good article with implementation details. However, a critical regulatory item not clearly identified in the article is a formal supplier agreement, which clearly defines specifics what conditions the supplier agrees to meet, including delivery requirements. This is a legal document that is binding between the supplier and customer.
--Jerome Council, 09-13-2011

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