Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Purchasing & Product Identification and Traceability

Purchasing (SOP 74-01) establishes a standard method for conducting purchasing activities and Verification of Purchased Parts (SOP 75-02) establishes a standard method for verifying purchased parts conform to specifications. Spend resources on vendors that provide custom or critical parts for your company’s operations.

Also, don’t forget to include vendors that provide services, such as, pest control service, shipping companies (UPS, FedEx, etc.), and consultants. Use Form 74-1, Supplier Self-Evaluation to document supplier self-evaluations, use Form 74-2, Component Receiving Log and Form 74-3, Quarantine Tag to document receiving activities.

Product Identification and Traceability (SOP 75-04) establishes a standard method for identifying all parts or components that enter into your quality system. Product ID and Traceability starts with receipt of raw material and ends with issuance to finished products. Use Form 75-2, Component Traceability Tag to identify lots or batches of incoming parts and raw materials.

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