In Reply to Parent Post by jcunningham
Hi Guys, I am new to quality and would like to ask a couple of quick questions.
1. Is it an ISO requirement for us to have an Approved Suppliers List? and
2. If so, does it mean that our suppliers must be ISO accredited?
RE. 1 There's a widespread and wrong belief to the contrary. I completely disagree that it's 'awkward to function without one' - many of my clients function very happily and efficiently without one.
'The List' was & is simply ONE way that many organisations chose to implement a particular requirement. The List seems to have arisen because the Standard was originally focussed only on manufacturing. A list often makes very little sense in a non-manufacturing based environment, and in any case, there are other ways of doing it.
Re. 2, some organisations decide to make ISO certification their criteria. It's your choice. If I had to choose between 2 suppliers, all other things were equal, and one had ISO and one didn't, I'd probably choose the ISO one. But only then.