In Reply to Parent Post by Big Jim
Although I can see conceptually that there could be an ocasion to issue a preventive action to a vendor, it seems that it would usually be an awkward situation. If you have a good enough relationship with the vendor and you truly see an opportunty for improvement where there has not yet been a noncoformance, it would be appropriate.
This seems like it would be a very rare situation. I don't think I would bother with the form. This rare ocassion could easily be handled with a phone call or a letter. It doesn't seem likely that you would need to keep a formal record of it.
Using the form would be a way of providign objective evidence to yoru auditors that you have a strong preventive action program in place - so strong that you also do it at your vendors.
I do this - but don't use a form. and it's not so rare actually. When working with suppliers to qualify them for new product or significant revisions we often encounter situations where we see opportunities for error or where a good SPC (or other process control emthods) would prevent defects. We do request that the preventive action be taken. Supplier FMEAs fulfill the same task...