Required to Assess and Evaluate all Suppliers?

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Hello,

I work at a company whose product is a software product that is classified as a Medical Device Data System (MDDS) and is Class I, exempt.

We do plan to assess/evaluate suppliers where there is a relationship, contract, and requirements for the supplier to meet.

The question we're kicking around is: do we need to evaluate all suppliers? We purchase lots of off-the-shelf software and hardware from industry giants like EMC, Cisco, Oracle, etc. It does not seem to make much sense that we would ask for an assessment of these companies. I couldn't imagine reaching someone there for them to complete a questionnaire.

Thanks.
 
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A lot of folks go way overboard on supplier evaluations. There is no requirement for supplier surveys, or to fill out a supplier evaluation form. You need to evaluate suppliers on their ability to meet your requirements. With that in mind, what are your requirements for a company such as Cisco? I would think your requirements would be that they provide software that meets your needs (should be fairly easy to evaluate), they provide that software on time (also fairly easy to evaluate), provide the software undamaged (the CD works for example -- still easy to evaluate), they deliver the correct software (see how easy this can be?). What else is there? Remember, you make up the rules on how you evaluate them. And the evaluation can be made everytime you order, not once a year, or quarterly.

Just make sure you document how you evalute the rules, and keep records of the evaluations. With one company,they will check to make sure the product they receive is the right product, delivered in the right condition, at the right time at the right place and at the right price. These checks are made as the shipper makes its way through the process. They attach the invoice, the shipper, the quote and the request for quote together. This is their evidence that they evaluated the supplier. If there is any problem, they will also attach any emails, or corrective actions related to the problem.
 
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