The External Provider Evaluation Procedure AS9100 defines the aerospace criteria and methods for selecting and evaluating aircraft parts suppliers for addition to or disqualification from the company’s approved supplier list. The procedure applies to all suppliers of products, materials, and services that directly affect the quality of the company’s approved supplier list. (8 pages, 2300 words)
The Procurement Manager should evaluate suppliers based on performance capability and resources (i.e., financial status, sufficient facilities, capability of equipment, and capability/training of employees), ability to fulfill company requirements, and ability to deliver accurately, completely, and in a timely manner.
The Procurement Manager is responsible for external provider identification, business information, and documented information for ongoing performance evaluation.
The Accounting Manager is responsible for evaluation of potential external providers’ financial information.
The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for evaluating external providers’ quality systems as appropriate and for reporting external provider quality performance.
Critical external provider – an organization that produces processes, products, and services that must conform to requirements. Contrast that with a non-critical external provider of commodities (e.g., office supplies) where quality is not as critical, tolerances can be fairly wide, and there are commonly available alternatives.
Certificate of Conformance – Is issued by an external provider certifying the item was made in accordance with required specifications. It may include test results or process specifications.
ISO-certified external provider – an organization that has demonstrated (or can demonstrate) that its processes conform to ISO 9001 and has implemented a system of continual improvement.
Conditional approval – Partial approval, usually granted by a customer to an external provider, pending correction of specified deficiencies.
Scope of approval – Approval given a part, component, or material that has been evaluated against a standard and approved.
External provider – an organization that provides processes, products, or services that are intended for incorporation into the organization’s own products and services, provided directly to the customer on behalf of the organization, or a process or part of a process is provided as a result of a decision by the organization.
NOTE: If any aerospace certified supplier refuses to be a part of OASIS, or refuses to set up an OASIS administrator, Certification Bodies are required by the IAQG to revoke the certificate of registration.