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Posted 03 December 2015 - 05:31 PM



We are a supplier of Self Adhesive Label with Basic level BRC accreditation.


The supplier approval process has previously been produced by another colleague (who has now left the company) and I with my limited experience have been given the task of updating it.


At the moment there is no risk analysis, just a big list, everyone gets a Self Assessment Questionnaire at the start and a new one fill out again every year.


In the proposed update, our supplier list that will now be risk assessed into a "high" and "low" risk category


The "high" risk will get an assessment questionnaire at the start and possibly an audit.


For the low risk suppliers such as Stationery and First Aid Supplies etc  they would not get a questionnaire.


And as for re-assessment, for the "high"  risk if you are monitoring the supplier and they are not having any non conformances do you need to re-send the questionnaire every year? Or can you say if a supplier gets 3 NCR's they get an Audit and then act on its results?


And "low" risk has a new risk assessment very 3 years is this ok?


Would this update comply with issue 5 criterion


All comments are welcomed.




















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Posted 06 December 2015 - 08:03 PM

You are right to assess suppliers based on risk and also have an action trigger based on performance.  You need to ensure you hold up to date copies of specifications and relevant certifications that form part of your approval documentation; such as 3rd party audit certificates.  There is nothing to say you need to send a questionnaire every year.  I think every three years would be appropriate for all suppliers with ongoing monitoring of complaints and service and a formal annual review of all suppliers. Low risk maybe just send the questionnaire every three years only.

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