Holmdel, NJ (PRWEB) October 18, 2010
Despite making strides in improving quality across the supply chain, companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device and food & beverage industries still face innumerable challenges in ensuring and maintaining supply quality. To address these challenges, Sparta Systems, Inc. (http://www.spartasystems.com), the maker of TrackWise® quality management software and the market leader in enterprise quality and compliance management solutions, today outlined three key recommendations for companies seeking to improve supplier quality management while maintaining operational efficiency and profitability.
These three suggestions, when correctly heeded and implemented using a quality management software solution, can help organizations in regulated markets stave off regulatory pressures and avoid the brand damage that has dominated industry headlines in recent months.
- Find the Suppliers You Trust and Keep Them Accountable – As companies forge relationships with their suppliers, a sense of trust develops that enables both companies to benefit from a mutually beneficial partnership. However, this sense of trust can also make it easy for issues related to supply quality to fall through the cracks. By keeping suppliers accountable for quality via consistent, comprehensive audit management, companies can identify non-conformances and other issues before they affect the finished product, resulting in a lasting relationship that benefits both parties.
- Determine the Right Level of Risk and Prioritize Accordingly – How much does the quality of the materials you’re receiving from a given supplier impact the quality of the products you make? How much damage would a defect in that material do to your brand if it ever made it into the finished product? Companies need to prioritize their monitoring of suppliers based on the level of risk they pose to products so that potential quality issues are monitored, identified and eliminated before they negatively impact brand image.
- Let Technology Help – How much of your supplier quality is managed through your quality management software? Do you have the right processes built into your quality system to ensure materials from your suppliers are up to specification? Leveraging a quality management software system to qualify, select and monitor suppliers and supply chain partners can help organizations stay on top of their supply quality processes, ultimately streamlining efficiency and improving product quality.
“Supplier quality remains one of the most significant issues companies face in ensuring products are manufactured and delivered to market with expediency and safety,” said Tim Mohn, Industry Principal, Sparta Systems. “By taking these recommendations to heart, companies across multiple industries can effectively reduce risk, improve compliance and avoid the brand liabilities that can negatively impact business growth.”
Click the following to read more about the supplier quality functionality in TrackWise quality management software: http://www.spartasystems.com/industries/medical-device/supplier-quality/
About Sparta Systems
Sparta Systems, Inc. is an industry leader for global quality and compliance management systems. Its TrackWise® product is a Web-based software application used by quality, manufacturing and regulatory affairs professionals to manage quality and compliance issues across the enterprise. The company has more than 15 years of experience and an extensive customer base in the life sciences and other highly regulated industries. Sparta Systems offers its customers a complete solution for global quality management needs, including the onsite support required throughout the project lifecycle. Read more about Sparta Systems and TrackWise software on the corporate website and blog http://www.spartasystems.com / blog.spartasystems.com.
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