Good morning! (at least it's morning in my corner of the globe)
I've been scanning topics for a while, and this forum has been a wonderful tool for answering my ongoing questions regarding our SQF certification. However, I felt the need for my first post, as I've not seen the answer I'm seeking for this topic.
I am newly entered into the product quality world, and am in a situation with my company where our customers are asking for GFSI certification in order to continue doing business with them at the level at which management wishes to be. Additionally, there are new customers we'd like to partner with that require this as well, so SQF, here we come! Oh and management is completely on board with the idea and I have tons of support which is nice, but this also brings a tight deadline with it.
A little background, we are a plastic-injection molding manufacturer of drinking cups. Our incoming raw materials consist of polypropylene resin and colorants, manufactured PET (polyethylene terephthalate) drinking cups, and corrugate packaging for shipping of the finished product. I suppose we could also consider our ink supplier as well (we mold the cups as well as print custom artwork).
My trouble is in constructing a raw materials and supplier approval process. I am getting ready to send notification to each of our raw materials suppliers to let them know we will have additional requirements of them going forward. We have never had to request this type of information from them before, and I am unsure of where to start.
Being that our product, as well as the raw materials, can be considered low-risk, would a certificate of conformance stating that the supplier is sending product that conforms to the specifications enough to satisfy the requirement for raw material (2.3.2)? And would we just need to request the certificates from our suppliers of resin, or would we really need to include the ink and corrugate suppliers as well?
Any advice would be appreciated as this whole process is an entirely new one to me!