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Factory Compliance Auditing In Mumbai

Factory Compliance Auditing In Mumbai

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A factory audit is a type of supplier assessmentthat takes place at the manufacturers facility. An auditor assesses theirsystems, capacity, workplace environment, or capabilities to ensure they meetyour requirements as a buyer. A factory audit can be used as the last step inqualifying a potential supplier or as a tool for ongoing supplier managementwith an existing supplier.When Should You Conduct a Factory Audit,Importersgenerally conduct supplier audits in the following two situations,1) As a FinalStep When Qualifying New Suppliers,When you are going through the sourcingprocess, you will likely identify several suppliers that can manufacture yourproduct. Then, after evaluating them in various ways and getting productsamples, you will narrow them down to one.On paper, that supplier may seem tomeet your requirements for production, quality, and delivery. They may offerreasonable pricing and produce superb samples. But how can you genuinely verifythat they will meet your standards, Before you sign on the dotted line, you canconduct a factory audit to be sure.Visiting the factory in person or hiring athird party like Insight to do it on your behalf will tell you whether thefactory has the capacity and capability to produce your goods and ship on time.With this information, you will have the confidence you need to place an order.Butbefore you carry out a supplier audit, it is vital to develop a checklist thatmeets your specific needs and concerns.2, As Part of Your Ongoing SupplierQuality Management,As you form a relationship with a supplier, you want toensure that they can continue to manufacture quality products in line with yourexpectations. To help you do this, you can audit them regularly and at apredetermined frequency to ensure their ongoing adherence to standards.Auditinga manufacturer can help you identify issues in their quality management systemand give you a chance to sort them out before they negatively impact any ofyour shipments. In addition, factory audits are beneficial if you are lookingto have a long term relationship with a particular supplier. Now, lets talkabout the different flavors of audits.5 ,Types of Factory Audits,There are fivetypes of audits that you can carry out depending on your needs. These are,1 )Capability audits, to help verify whether the factorycan manufacture your product within the set timelines.2) Quality audits, tomeasure whether the supplier has an effective quality management system inplace Based on ISO9001 standards.3) Security or CTPAT audits,to ensure compliance with U.S Customs and Border Protections CTPAT program.4, Social compliance audits, to assess working conditionsand ensure no human rights violations occur, such as child labor Based onthe SA8000 standard.5, Environmental audits, toverify whether the factory complies with environmental standards andrequirements. Now lets talk about the difference between audits andinspections.What is the Difference Between a Factory Audit and a QualityInspection,Here are three main differences between factory audits and product quality inspections,1 Factory Audits Focus on theLong Term,In general, factory audits assess a potential supplier and theirability to ship high quality goods in the long term. They focus on the abilityto meet requirements and ensure product quality is maintained. On the otherhand, a product inspection focuses only on the products from one particularshipment.2 Factory Audits Focus on the Big Picture,Factory audits cover itemslike quality management systems and manufacturing practices. They help youassess whether a supplier is a good fit to produce your product or look foropportunities to improve the relationship.3, Factory Audits Are About More ThanProduct Quality,One reason to conduct a factory audit can be to ensure asupplier operates above board. A social compliance audit, for example, helps you establish whether theycomply with health, environmental, and safety standards.For more informationabout these differences, read our article on the difference between Quality Control and Quality Assurance. Now, lets goover some final thoughts.As an importer, dealing with the right supplier is asignificant prerequisite to getting quality products that meet yourspecifications and customer expectations. One way of ensuring this is by contractinga third party auditor such as CDG to carry out Factory Audit Services. If you need additional information about theseservices, feel free to reach out to us.A factory audit helps you assess asuppliers systems, capacity, workplace environment, or capabilities to ensurethey meet your requirements as a buyer.CIL Provides Accredited Factory Compliance Audit Services in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. CIL is an ISO 17020 accredited inspection agency for factory compliance audits, vendor audits, supplier audits.
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