A supplier by any other name is still just a supplier.
I’m amazed when I’m working with a 21st century regulated business that simply wants its buyers or procurement group to do “whatever” it takes to keep the material pipeline coming. That’s very 20th century thinking! We live in a time when new and aggressively logical processes are being promoted by quality compliance professionals. The medical device community has a guideline produced by the International Medical Device Regulatory Forum (IMDRF) for supplier control. It is risk-based and encourages a planning component for the sourcing phase of supplier development. Should this be an interface condition of a good design team, not an afterthought of a production group?