Supplier Quality Audit Plan for New Suppliers

The purpose of the onsite audit is to assess the supplier capability to produce consistently good quality parts.   

You will need to work with your procurement team on the supplier's  selection process for a project.   Brief them importance of SQE early involvement for you to understand each supplier better and then establish an audit plan.  There is no such thing as supplier is going to ship the part tomorrow and you are ask to audit them today.  Supplier and SQE engagement should be 4-6 months ahead before they can supply the 1st part shipment according to the development schedule.  You will also need to prepare for the supplier audit plan.

The SQE supplier audit plan should consist of:-

  1. Supplier contact details
  2. Audit ground rules
  3. SQE audit schedule
  4. Establish quality audit checklist 
  5. Set Audit date
  6. Audit notification





Supplier contact details


Who are the main contact point. Get supplier organization chart to understand who are the key person in key dept quality, process, 



Audit ground rules

Establish a set of audit ground rules where supplier must ready to procedures, objective evidence and records during SQE onsite audit, etc.  


Audit schedule

SQE should establish a schedule which covers end to end of the process start from material receiving, manufacturing process till shipment.  All sub process must be audited as well. 


Establish quality audit checklist 

SQE should establish the audit checklist for quality system and process base on their expertise in commodity process and quality engineering. You can down load a copy of how to develop audit checklist on the resource page of this website


Set the audit date

The audit date had to match supplier production schedule to produce the similar part of interest


Audit notification

Once all the above items are ready, send audit notification to suppliers 

Audit plan is part of audit preparation process in supplier audit phase.  Supplier audit phase is consist of audit preparation, performing audit, reporting result and audit closure.   It does not matter whether it is an onsite or remote audit,  the process is still the same.

You can enroll in my course @ Udemy for more detail supplier quality audit which explains

1. Different types of supplier audit  with quality system and quality process audit checklist for download

2.  The four supplier audit phases

3. Auditing techniques which will enable you to become an expert in quality audits

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