This ties in very closely with purchasing. The purchasing
process is where you put controls in place to make sure that your suppliers
provide you with quality products and services. When you establish these
criteria, you will also establish compatible inspection and test criteria.
have a program to designate "certified
suppliers". They receive products from these suppliers directly
into stock. If you qualify suppliers by auditing their quality system,
by inspecting trial orders or by other means you can determine what kind
of sampling plan you need to monitor the quality of their product.
Some products come with certain certifications or standards already met for the product. These come with a Certificate of Analysis or other evidence that control is exercised at the supplier's location. If this is the case, your inspection may be checking for a Certificate. Incoming inspection can be as simple as reviewing the packing slips and verifying that the correct item and quantity are received. It is up to your organization to determine how the quality of the supplies affects your product quality and how you will measure and monitor.