Supplier Quality Audit

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Supplier Quality Audit

Quality Management

1. Are quality-performance objectives clearly established and included in the business plan?


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2. Is the quality system reported, controlled and advanced to precisely describe current practices?


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3. Are quality reports, trend charts and data analysis regularly used by management to identify and distinguish areas of opportunity?


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4. Does executive management engage in periodic quality system reports addressing quality-connected feedback from clients and internal quality metrics?


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Continuous Improvement

1. Are defensive actions taken based on the analysis of business trends, design studies, customer gratification surveys or other data and inputs?


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2. Is there a written approach in place to actively track cost containment and other continuous development activities throughout the company?


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3. Is there a corrective action system that uses root cause analysis and takes timely and adequate action to stop recurrence?


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4. Does the corrective action system cover consumer, internal and supplier issues?


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Education & Training

1. Are the professional and educational levels needed for each job documented and appropriate training implemented?


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2. Is employee skill/certification taken into account where the quality outcome of the method is strongly dependent upon operator ability?


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3. Are suitable processes used to verify training effectiveness?


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Occupational Health & Safety

1. Does the health and safety management system discuss the safety of employees without involving the achievement of product quality demands?


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2. Does the health and safety policy state the company’s health and safety goals and management's dedication to the continuous development of H&S metrics?


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3. Does the health and safety management system approach the demand for emergency planning?


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4. Are methods used for the on-going identification of dangers, risk assessment and the implementation of required control measures?


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Design & Development Support

1. Are human and technological resources sufficient to meet the demands for design collaboration, tooling design, and electronic illustration and data exchange?


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2. Are Critical-to-Quality (CTQ) features identified, registered and the records retained?


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3. Are product specifications and drawings generated, regulated and sustained for new or changed product designs?


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4. Is design confirmation an integral component of the design process and is it completed prior to the product release?


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5. Are customer requirements included in product designs and/or production processes?


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Quality Planning

1. Is product fidelity test data accessible upon request?


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2. Does the historical test performance data reveal a highly stable process and product plan?


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3. Are customer production demands and quality specifications reviewed to guarantee they can be met on a regular basis?


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4. Are reliability test plans established and routinely followed?


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5. Is testing used to support the design specifications, drive design developments and present an ongoing check of materials and workmanship?


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6. Are production examples examined and granted to customers upon request?


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Customer Documentation

1. Does customer advice/approval lead to changes to control plans, production site, product transfers, raw material or product obsolescence?


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2. Are new and improved customer specifications reviewed and performed in a timely manner?


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3. Are current process control documents in place and worked with for production start-up and proceeding production?


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4. Are quality records maintained?


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5. Is there a record control scheme for the protection, identification, storage, retrieval, retention time, and disposition of quality records?


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Procurement

1. Are preventive actions used to continuously develop and improve the performance of the supplier base?


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2. Is buying from unapproved suppliers limited by choosing suppliers from a properly managed and available approved supplier list?


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3. Is there a formal method used for the selection, modification and qualification of suppliers?


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4. Does the supplier assurance system guarantee that all purchased product or material conforms to established specifications and applicable regulatory or customer demands?


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5. Is there a system for the identification, verification and protection of products provided by customers that includes informing the customer if the product is destroyed or lost?


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Incoming Material

1. Is all material that is examined effectively identified (acceptance or dismissal) and is it traceable to get an inspection report?


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2. Is inventory received as per documented systems?


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3. Do suppliers improve quality based on root cause studies?


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Manufacturing Quality

1. Is there a confirmed plan used to qualify new or rebuilt production tools prior to production use?


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2. Is the investigation and process status of the product identified and sustained throughout the manufacturing process?


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3. Are control plans used to organise and deploy inspection and test functions during the production process?


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4. Are proper inspections, tests and process adjustments made to establish conformance at key points throughout the manufacturing process and prior to shipment?


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5. Are relevant work instructions available where required to accurately describe all work processes including inspections and tests to be done throughout the production?


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6. Are customers informed of low yield production lots or issues that affect product reliability?


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Process Control

1. Are key part features and process parameters examined?


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2. Are statistically based checks and/or problem-solving tools used to control variation?


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3. Is process capability regulated and are actions taken to sustain established (minimum) targets?


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4. Are out of control circumstances noted on charts?


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5. Is corrective action taken to bring the method back into control?


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6. Are written development plans implemented to decrease sources of variation?


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Non-conforming Material

1. Are non-conforming supplies, parts and assemblies isolated (where possible) and recognised to prevent unapproved use?


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2. Are control plans utilised to plan and use inspection and test functions during the production process?


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3. Are appropriate inspections, tests and process arrangements made as per applicable work instructions to support conformance at key points during the process, prior to shipment?


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4. Is the inspection and process status of the product recognised and sustained throughout the production process?


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5. Are appropriate work directions available that correctly describe all work methods including examinations and tests to be done during production?


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6. Are customers informed of low yield production lots or issues that influence product reliability?


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7. Are key part components and process parameters evaluated and statistically based controls and/or problem-solving tools are used to control variation?


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8. Are written development plans implemented to decrease sources of variation?


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9. Are out of control conditions are noted on charts and is corrective action taken to bring the process back into control?


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10. Is the use of non-conforming material reported and written down before a formal waiver or concession system?


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11. Is there a positive recall system to report customers of non-conforming assets?


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12. Are reworked material, components and assemblies re-inspected or re-examined to confirm compliance?


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13. Is product traceability maintained to facilitate problem assessment and to improve action?


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Monitoring & Measurement

1. Are evaluations made to check the validity of previous measurements done on goods where out-of-calibration measuring tools were used?


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2. Are measuring tools and test equipment regularly calibrated and controlled as per documented methods?


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3. Are there relevant controls to verify the accuracy and performance of computer software prior to initial use in checking output quality or control of processes?


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4. Are standards and test equipment calibrated against standards visible to a recognized regulatory body or agency?


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5. Are repeatability and reproducibility studies conducted to check the suitability of measuring tools in quality control?


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Maintenance

1. Is equipment stored in a proper, clearly established area, with systematic tracking that gives traceability, particularly of customer-owned tools and equipment?


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2. Does a well-defined Preventive Maintenance System (PM) exist for production equipment?


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3. Is a preventive maintenance schedule followed?


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Environment

1. Is there a program in place to decrease the use, disposal and emissions of dangerous chemicals not used in the production process?


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2. Is there an environmental management system that assures compliance to all applicable government laws and there are no unusual, unresolved violations of these arrangements?


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3. Does a documented environmental policy exist that involves a commitment to comply with important environmental legislation and regulations?


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4. Is there an on-going emphasis placed on using supplies that are with relevant regulations like biodegradable, recyclable, reusable, decreases pollutant emissions at the point of use?


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Storage & Packing

1. Are areas around the buildings clean and orderly?


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2. Is equipment properly stored and readily accessible for use?


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3. Is lighting and air quality sufficient?


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4. Is the appropriate equipment and methods used to limit product damage in all phases of the material handling process?


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5. Are documented procedures followed to assure control and preservation of handling, storage (FIFO), packaging, and shipment of the product?


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6. Is the appropriateness of product packaging evaluated and concerns communicated to the customer prior to initial production delivery?


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7. Is stocked product/material periodically inspected, and are actions taken to prevent deterioration as per documented systems, if necessary?


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8. Have contingency plans that describe actions to be taken in the case of a major delay of the production process been established?


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