Factory Quality Assessment is a powerful way to evaluate your potential supplier's reliability and capabilities. Without proper management, buyers could face various risks including financial burden, brand damage and legal disputes arising from failure of suppliers’ performance in social compliance, environmental, technical and security.
What is a factory quality assessment?
Factory quality assessment is a cost- and time-effective way to prepare a complete profile of your potential supplier, ensuring they will become a reliable part of your global supply chain. An audit allows you to evaluate the efficiency and stability of suppliers when planning orders.
Factory quality assessment offers you greater visibility into whether a supplier’s management system adhere to a defined quality standard. Absent a solid understanding of a supplier’s quality-related activities, manufacturers will struggle to know if the supplier’s quality system is unstable.
How does Testcoo audit a factory quality?
To ensure that a supplier can deliver the products meet with the contractual and other agreed-upon performance, design, reliability, and maintainability expectations of that customer, there are five things when conducting an onsite factory quality assessment:
1. Legal Position
Documents review is the powerful way to ensure the legality position a factory. Valid business license, contact information, market, land certificate and human resource are the checking essentials.
2. Production capability & capacity
3. Quality Management System
4. HR Management and Work Environment
HR management is required to check a list for all employees available, work shifts, and payment. Work environment checking includes exits, emergency lights and exit signs on the exit, fire equipment, aisles, PPE, first aid, chemicals, clean drinking water and so on. A better work environment reduces risky practices and hazards, ensuring that both workers and the environment are in the best conditions for production.
5. Environment Protection
Environment protection check includes the document and report for environment protection, energy and water saving, achievement, noisy, waste water, waste air, and hazardous waste in factory.
6. Finance Position
Turnover, profit and debt ratio in latest 3 years, bank information are the essentials of finance position check.
Why perform a factory quality assessment?
Factory quality assessment is an important process that ensures error-free and timely delivery of products to customers. When your products are not delivered on time or have defects, it hurts your business reputation. There are primarily two reasons to conduct a factory quality assessment:
1. To verify that your supplier's facilities are operational and suitable for manufacturing your product
2. To ensure that your supplier's sourcing policies comply with your own
3. To identify and hedge against potential quality, operational, and ethical risks
4. To evaluate the competence of the factory management
Conducting supplier quality assessment is an essential and well-established tool for identifying, eliminating and preventing quality problems in a supplier’s products, processes or management system before the problems spread.
Without proper management, buyers could face various risks including financial burden, brand damage and legal disputes arising from failure of suppliers’ performance in social compliance, environmental, technical and security.
Testcoo has developed a wide suite of factory quality assessment services to offer comprehensive assurance to buyers.