Is your vendor ISO certified? Have you verified the status of their certification with their registrar? In a world economy in recession/depression these are questions that everyone in a position of responsibility should ask. Tough economic times are forcing some companies to drop their ISO certification and cut corners that should not be cut.
ISO 9001:2008 is all about securing a stable supply chain. All of the components of the standard contribute to this. ISO provides tools and methodologies that can be used to select, qualify, monitor and dis-qualify vendors in the supply chain. How a vendor is selected is up to the buyer and team members. However, once selected the vendor must be qualified in a way that ensures that they have their act together. Can they provide a consistent product on-time and at a fair price. This is where ISO comes in.
Nothing beats an on-site audit. Get in their face and ask questions. Ask to see (more…)