Information for External Providers

The organization shall ensure the adequacy of requirements prior to their communication to the external provider.

The organization shall communicate to external providers its requirements for:

  1. the processes, products, and services to be provided including the identification of relevant technical data (e.g., specifications, drawings, process requirements, work instructions);
  2. the approval of:
  3. products and services;
  4. methods, processes, and equipment;
  5. the release of products and services;
  1. competence, including any required qualification of persons;
  2. the external providers’ interactions with the organization;
  3. control and monitoring of the external providers’ performance to be applied by the organization;
  4. verification or validation activities that the organization, or its customer, intends to perform at the external providers’ premises;
  5. design and development control;
  6. special requirements, critical items, or key characteristics;
  7. test, inspection, and verification (including production process verification);
  8. the use of statistical techniques for product acceptance and related instructions for acceptance by the organization;
  9. the need to:

implement a quality management system;

use customer-designated or approved external providers, including process sources (e.g., special processes);

notify the organization of nonconforming processes, products, or services and obtain approval for their disposition;

prevent the use of counterfeit parts (see 8.1.4);

notify the organization of changes to processes, products, or services, including changes of their external providers or location of manufacture, and obtain the organization’s approval;

flow down to external providers applicable requirements including customer requirements;

provide test specimens for design approval, inspection/verification, investigation, or auditing;

retain documented information, including retention periods and disposition requirements;

  1. the right of access by the organization, their customer, and regulatory authorities to the applicable areas of facilities and to applicable documented information, at any level of the supply chain;
  2. ensuring that persons are aware of:

their contribution to product or service conformity;

their contribution to product safety;

the importance of ethical behavior.