1. Determine audit scope and objectives:
Before any supplier audit checklist is used, it’s important to determine the scope of the audit and objectives that need to be achieved. This includes determining who will conduct the audit, what areas are to be evaluated, when and where it will be conducted, as well as other criteria. Establishing these parameters will help ensure that the audit is effective.
2. Evaluate supplier quality management system:
The supplier’s quality management system should be evaluated to determine whether it meets all industry and company standards, as well as any applicable legal requirements. This includes reviewing their processes for developing, producing, testing, and delivering products and services.
3. Verify product and service requirements are met:
Companies should ensure that their suppliers’ products and services meet all of the specified requirements outlined in the contract or agreement between them. This includes verifying delivery dates, quality standards, and documentation accuracy.
4. Inspect manufacturing process and facilities:
During an audit, it’s important to inspect the supplier's manufacturing processes and facilities to ensure they are compliant with all industry regulations as well as any other applicable laws or safety protocols.
5. Test products and services:
Testing of products or services should be conducted during an audit in order to verify that the specifications outlined by both parties have been met properly. This could include testing for physical properties such as strength, weight, or electrical characteristics.
6. Review quality records:
Quality records, such as test results, inspection reports, and any corrective action taken should be reviewed to ensure that the supplier's processes are in line with what was agreed upon
7. Conduct management review:
Management review should also occur during an audit in order to assess the effectiveness of the supplier’s quality system and determine if any improvements can be made.
8. Analyze supplier performance:
The performance of each supplier should be evaluated based on their ability to meet customer requirements and expectations. This information can then be used to decide if a particular supplier is suitable for future business endeavors or needs improvement before it is considered again.
9. Address any corrective actions and/or non-conformities:
Any corrective action or non-conformity that is identified during the audit needs to be addressed in order to ensure that the supplier meets all applicable standards and requirements.
10. Write audit report and communicate recommendations and findings to the supplier:
After completing an audit, a detailed report should be written in order to document any issues found, any recommendations made, and any corrective actions taken. This report should also include information on how the supplier can improve its processes in order to meet customer expectations and industry regulations.