The supplier audit is an important phase for the control of the inputs of any company. Indeed, to guarantee the conformity of its supplies, minimize the costs of controls on receipt, judge the ability of suppliers to meet the requirements in terms of quality and deadlines, carry out an upstream audit is a very interesting and inexpensive tool. The company can draw on management system standards, product standards, industry standards and current regulations to build an audit grid that ensures the supplier’s ability to meet its needs and expectations. Generally, the first supplier audit serves as a qualification audit, then periodic audits are scheduled to assess the ability of said supplier to maintain the expected and agreed level. It should be noted that the supplier audit makes it possible to evaluate both the supplier’s management system, its production tool, the social climate, financial capacity, etc.
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