Supplier Quality Management

The chemical and agrochemical industries are under increasing pressure to achieve and maintain compliance with industry standards such as U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA),the European Commission’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) legislation, ISO, and GMP. In addition, companies are purchasing raw materials from global suppliers to reduce costs and meet market demand. Although these initiatives have succeeded in reducing costs and meeting inventory requirements, it has also increased the risk by reducing visibility into production processes. As regulatory scrutiny increases, a well-implemented supplier evaluation process can help chemical manufacturers produce, manage and track chemical components effectively in order to deliver safe, quality products to their customers.

5 Best Practices to Enhance Supplier Management

Managing the Supplier Evaluation Process

Holistic, enterprise-wide supplier quality management systems enable companies to obtain a global view of all quality issues and supplier information. Enterprise quality management software (EQMS) leverages best-of-breed technology to provide a centralized and consolidated system to facilitate effective supplier quality management.

Benefits of Supplier Quality Management Software for the Chemical Industry:

  • Ensures compliance with industry regulations such as TSCA, REACH and ISO standards
  • Reduces risks of product nonconformances and other quality incidents by ensuring supplier non-conformances are addressed before using materials in production
  • Increases supplier selection efficiency by eliminating redundant supplier evaluations across departments using a standardized, centralized supplier evaluation process
  • Provides seamless integration to quality management system functionality such as supplier nonconformances, corrective actions and other quality activities
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