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Author Topic:   4.6.2 Subcontractor Development
posted 06 May 2001 08:11 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our company is QS-9000 certified and does not use subcontractors. We do have suppliers for purchasing packaging materials. Does this element apply to us? If our packaging suppliers are ISO certified, why would we have to send them a self assessment audit? Shouldn't the fact that they are ISO, and have a resgistrar audit them on a regular basis, be enough? And what about our suppliers that are not ISO? They are small companys, that have no intention of becoming ISO, and don't understand the self assessment audit enough to answer the questions and send it back. If you could clear up any confusion on this I would appreciate it.

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posted 22 May 2001 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc Smith   Click Here to Email Marc Smith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A supplier is a sub-contractor. So - yes.

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posted 22 May 2001 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Al Dyer   Click Here to Email Al Dyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you are already QS certified don't you already have a supplier/subcontractor development system in place?

As Marc said, the definition of supplier and sub-contractor are the same, just at different levels of the suppy chain.

Registration/certification to "a" standard does not resolve the requirement to help develop suppliers/sub-contractors.

I don't say it often, but the definitions and requirements on this element (4.6) are pretty clear.


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posted 23 May 2001 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sam   Click Here to Email Sam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Refer to the IASG interpretations for clarification.
Can be found at this site;
You as the customer decide the level of subcontractor developement to implement.
Subcontractor development does not mean that your subcontractors are required to register to QS-9000.

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