Factory Audits & Supplier Audits
HQTS Factory Audits & Supplier Audits assess vendor capability, performance, and quality standards.
In today’s highly competitive market, it is imperative that you build a vendor base of partners that will meet all aspects of your production needs, from design and quality, to product delivery requirements. Comprehensive evaluation through factory audits and supplier audits are a vital component of the evaluation process.
The key criteria an HQTS factory and supplier audit assesses are facilities, policies, procedures and records that verify a factory's ability to deliver consistent quality products over time, rather than at one given time or only for certain products.
Core areas and processes addressed by a factory assessment include:
- Quality Management System
- Quality Manufacturing Practices
- Facilities Condition
- Product Control
- Process Control
Our factory audits and supplier audits provide you with a detailed analysis of the condition, strengths and weaknesses of your supplier. This service can also help the factory to understand areas requiring improvement to better meet the buyer's needs. As you select new vendors, reduce the number of your vendors to more manageable levels and improve overall performance, our factory and supplier audit services provide an effective way to enhance that process at a reduced cost to you.
Professional and Experienced Auditors
Our auditors receive comprehensive training on auditing techniques, quality practices, report writing, and integrity and ethics. In addition periodic training and testing is done to keep skills current to changing industry standards.
Strong Integrity & Ethics Program
With an industry recognized reputation for our strict ethical standards, we maintain an active training and integrity program that is managed by a dedicated integrity compliance team. This helps minimize the risk of corruption and helps educate auditors, factories and clients regarding our integrity policies, practices and expectations.
In many cases, we have cross-trained our audit staff to conduct various audit and assessment types including:
- Production Capability
- Production Capacity
- Technical Capability
- Social Compliance
- Security (C-TPAT) Audits
Our experience in providing factory audits and supplier audits for a broad range of companies around the globe has allowed us to develop “best-in-class" factory audit and evaluation practices that can save you time and money in selecting factory and supplier partnerships. This gives you the option of including additional value-added assessments that can benefit both you and your suppliers.
Find out more about our Factory Audits & Supplier Audits in our brochure
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