ISO 9000 factory audits for your China suppliers
Category: Blog; Updated: 2018-10-13 10:55:35; Views: 358
Factory audits in China and other Asian countries are often (loosely) based on a checklist inspired by the ISO 9000 series. That means the main part of these audits consists in looking for holes in the factory's quality system.
Why is this important? Because it directly impacts the factory's reliability (how likely are they to have quality problems and to miss deadlines?)
Performing such an audit on a small workshop is over-kill. They probably have no system at all, and the auditor's job is over in 20 minutes.
We have worked on a new template for our company's Capacity & Reliability Audit service, and here are the checkpoints related to the quality system:
- 1. Understanding the buyer's requirements
- 2. Suppliers of materials / components
- 3. Incoming quality control (IQC)
- 4. Organization of in-house production
- 5. In-Process quality control (IPQC)
- 6. Subcontracted production
- 7. Final quality control (FQC)
- 8. Instruments & machines
- 9. Prevention of problems
1. Understanding the buyer's requirements