In today's fiercely competitive global market, finding good suppliers that help create efficiencies, reduce cost, and support compliance efforts is critical to the success of manufacturers in regulated environments. Let's say you have found excellent suppliers, the question is: How do you maintain control over your suppliers and also keep good relations with them?
Walt Murray, MasterControl's director of quality and compliance services, cited some practical tips for guidance on supplier controls at the AdvaMed virtual seminar held on June 6. In his presentation on "Building Internal Support for Supplier Controls," Murray said there are two factors you must consider in deciding the appropriate level of supplier control:
Murray discussed ISO 9001:2008 and the thinking behind it in terms of implementing supplier controls. "The manufacturer is responsible for incorporating appropriate risk management activities for outsourced processes and products. It is responsible for planning and ensuring that risk control measures are appropriately applied," he said.
Murray also offered a number of tips to help build a strong supply chain team, including the following:
Companies, especially product brand owners, should remember that when they outsource manufacturing of their products, they are giving up control of product supply. In this case, "Brand owners must manage by influence rather than directly," said Murray. "Good contracts can help but brand owners will be far more successful if they build and nurture relationships with suppliers."
Murray has more than 25 years of experience as a quality and regulatory expert. He and the MasterControl Quality and Compliance Consulting Team provide workshops, education, and consulting services on the following core competency areas: quality event management (CAPA), QRM, SQM, QAM, and QDM.
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Cindy Fazzi, a copywriter at MasterControl Inc., writes about the life science industry and other regulated environments. Her two decades of experience as a news reporter, writer, and editor includes working for the Associated Press in Ohio and New York. She has a master's degree in journalism from Ohio State University.Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of his/her employer, GxP Lifeline, its editor or MasterControl, Inc.
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