Suppliers receive a lot of requests from their customers to complete supplier audit questionnaires and in turn spend many hours completing them. The process can appear to be never-ending as you, the manufacturer, can send out 30 Supplier Audit questionnaires, and only 3 completed are returned, leaving it to you to chase up the remaining 27 questionnaires.
So, you now know how to improve approved supplier management – and recognise some of the barriers to best practice that you may well meet along the way. The good news is you are not alone in trying to overcome those obstacles. Software solutions can help. But before selecting a solution, here are some questions you should be asking your provider:
Here come the cavalry
45% of sites supplying ingredients do not have BRC or a GFSI recognised food safety certification
Up to 20% of supplier contact information becomes obsolete each year due to staff changes at supplying sites
No one likes being asked to provide information that they feel is not necessary or not relevant to them
QADEX Alert relating to the suspension of National Britannia certification and the effect on supplier approval management systems
The United Kingdom Association for Food Protection held their fifth annual meeting on Tuesday 11th May in Cardiff, QADEX were in attendance/
The Global Food Safety Conference 2010 is focussed on how we can better manage food safety in a global context. As a business QADEX is a strong advocate of the benefits to global food safety of having suppliers operating to a recognised food standard.
It is easy to outline best practice, but sadly we live in the real world where many barriers exist to unseat us. These include: