Is an Annual Supplier Evaluation an ISO 9001 requirement?

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Selina L

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I work in a small company ,and the product here is simple ( product for brazing and soldering ) .Till now ,we have no supplier annual evaluation ,and we defined in the quality procedure files to monitor the supplier performance by raw material quality .We defined the incoming material pass rate as IQC goal ,and ask the suppler for improvement when the goal is not meet .It that OK for ISO requirement ,we only monitor the supplier raw material quality performance ,and have no supplier annual evaluation .Thanks !
 
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insect warfare

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Re: Whether the annual supplier evaluation is a must for ISO requirement?

Welcome to the Cove, Selina....:bigwave:

What you are doing is just fine according to ISO. The answer you are looking for can be found in paragraph 7.4.1, which states:

"The organization shall ensure that purchased product conforms to specified purchase requirements. The type and extent of control applied to the supplier and the purchased product shall be dependent upon the effect of the purchased product on subsequent product realization or the final product.

The organization shall evaluate and select suppliers based on their ability to supply product in accordance with the organization's requirements. Criteria for selection, evaluation, and re-evaluation shall be established. Records of the results of evaluations and any necessary actions arising from the evaluation shall be maintained (see 4.2.4)."
ISO does not require an annual evaluation, but rather it enables you to place a greater amount of control on more troublesome suppliers, and less control on those suppliers who have less of an impact either downstream or on finished goods. Having appropriate records of IQC data to demonstrate that you act in response with your suppliers' behaviors is just one way of meeting this requirement.

Brian :rolleyes:
 

Big Jim

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Re: Whether the annual supplier evaluation is a must for ISO requirement?

May I add that the sentence before the one emphasized by insect warfare is also pertinent here.

"The type and extent of control applied to the supplier and the purchased product shall be dependent upon the effect of the purchased product on subsequent product realization or the final product."

Figure out what works for you, not what some other companies may need for their circumstance. What you have in mind sounds just fine for your current operations. Realize that more may be needed if circumstances change, and that the more needed can be for individual suppliers or individual purchased products.
 
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Selina L

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Re: Whether the annual supplier evaluation is a must for ISO requirement?

Hi Brian ,

Thanks very much for your quick reply ! And it is really help to me.But I still a little confused for the standard :
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Criteria for selection, evaluation, and re-evaluation shall be established. Records of the results of evaluations and any necessary actions arising from the evaluation shall be maintained
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According to the ISO standard ,we need to established the criteria for re-evaluation the supplier .How to perform this in normal situation ? For our company we select the suplier by three means :1 . If the supplier have ISO certificate ,can be accept as AVL .2. If the suppler have no ISO certificate ,but the material have been approved by us .can be accept as AVL.3. If the supplier is appointed by the cusomer ,can be accept as AVL .

We have defined the criteria for selection and evaluation the suplier ,but no criteria for re-evaluation . Is that ok for ISO requirment ?

Thanks !

selina
 

insect warfare

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Re: Whether the annual supplier evaluation is a must for ISO requirement?

:rolleyes:
According to the ISO standard ,we need to established the criteria for re-evaluation the supplier .How to perform this in normal situation ? For our company we select the suplier by three means :1 . If the supplier have ISO certificate ,can be accept as AVL .2. If the suppler have no ISO certificate ,but the material have been approved by us .can be accept as AVL.3. If the supplier is appointed by the cusomer ,can be accept as AVL .

We have defined the criteria for selection and evaluation the suplier ,but no criteria for re-evaluation . Is that ok for ISO requirment ?

Thanks !

selina
The criteria for re-evaluation should be similar to your criteria for evaluation, but it should also take into account how well that supplier is performing, relative to the present day. It should determine to what extent you would be willing to tolerate nonconforming situations for which your suppliers are responsible for. For example, if you have a supplier who has, up until recently, been performing above your expectations, but for the last couple of weeks you have had to increase your inspection AQL to filter out the good stuff they send you from the bad stuff, then you probably have a legitimate beef with them (which should be addressed through your corrective action process).

At this point, you are basically "re-evaluating" your supplier. Re-evaluation can be done at a pre-determined frequency as a preventive action (through the use of questionnaires and such), but it is equally (if not more) important to have reactive measures as well. Your re-evaluation criteria should definitely determine "at what point do we start tightening our grip on them" and "at what point have they crossed the line enough for us to say we will have to find an alternative source for these materials". It is a form of leverage that any successful organization will have controls for, otherwise they lose money and wind up becoming a doormat for their suppliers to walk all over.

If you do not have re-evaluation criteria, you will not be in conformance with ISO 9001....period.

Brian :rolleyes:
 
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Tara Monson

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Re: Whether the annual supplier evaluation is a must for ISO requirement?

Hi Brian ,

Thanks very much for your quick reply ! And it is really help to me.But I still a little confused for the standard :
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Criteria for selection, evaluation, and re-evaluation shall be established. Records of the results of evaluations and any necessary actions arising from the evaluation shall be maintained
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According to the ISO standard ,we need to established the criteria for re-evaluation the supplier .How to perform this in normal situation ? For our company we select the suplier by three means :1 . If the supplier have ISO certificate ,can be accept as AVL .2. If the suppler have no ISO certificate ,but the material have been approved by us .can be accept as AVL.3. If the supplier is appointed by the cusomer ,can be accept as AVL .

We have defined the criteria for selection and evaluation the suplier ,but no criteria for re-evaluation . Is that ok for ISO requirment ?

Thanks !

selina

Selina,

We simply state in our procedure that monitoring of our suppliers occurs on a monthly basis by looking at nonconforming product received and on-time delivery. It states if either of those numbers falls below a certain %, reevaluation will occur by the Quality Director.

For service providers, we simply send out a survey 1x/year to the department who utilizes each service provider and enter the feedback into the same log as the above information.

This data is then discussed at management reviews.

We just passed our stage 2 audit with no nonconformances and was told by our auditor that this was very strong.

Good luck! :)

Tara
 

Big Jim

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Re: In an Annual Supplier Evaluation an ISO 9001 requirement?

To at least some extent, if you are monitoring supplier performance (supplier on-time delivery and/or supplier accuracy) with every shipment, you are continually re-evaluating your suppliers.

You get to define how and when you re-evaluate.
 

somashekar

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Re: In an Annual Supplier Evaluation an ISO 9001 requirement?

Selina...
Have a look at the Similar Discussion Threads just down this page ~~~
 

kgott

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Re: Whether the annual supplier evaluation is a must for ISO requirement?

Hi Brian ,

Thanks very much for your quick reply ! And it is really help to me.But I still a little confused for the standard :
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Criteria for selection, evaluation, and re-evaluation shall be established. Records of the results of evaluations and any necessary actions arising from the evaluation shall be maintained
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According to the ISO standard ,we need to established the criteria for re-evaluation the supplier .How to perform this in normal situation
If you are happy with what they have done for you then they remain approved to continue to be a supplier for as long as you are happy with them. If a reason comes along that causes you to be dissatisfied with them then you can either discontinue using them or take some other action.

You may choose to say in your documentation that they remain approved subject to a range of flexible criteria such as ... xyz.
 
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