With so much interest and dialogue
surrounding 2nd Party Audits, AQA’s professional staff has compiled
the following information to offer clarity on this subject. We also
hope to take this opportunity to inform you about the services AQA
can provide to your organization.
AQA’s staff is composed of a pool of
qualified auditors and inspectors with both technical and quality oversight
experience in supplier facilities and production/shop environments. Technical
specialists with comparable qualifications are also available, thereby
collectively providing multi-disciplined teams which can effectively evaluate,
monitor and manage supplier performance.
Our capabilities and service offerings include the following:
- Vendor QA Program Development
- Performance-Based Vendor Audits
- Surveillances / Source Inspections
- Commercial Surveys
- Receipt Inspection Support
- Procurement QA
- Project Management
- Vendor Capability Surveys
2nd Party Audit FAQ’s
What are 2nd party audits used for?
2nd party audits determine the suitability and effectiveness of a system from the
customer's perspective. Where 3rd party assessments determine conformance, a 2nd
party audit will provide valuable information regarding the structure of the systems
in place, inevitably activating improvements.
Why a 2nd party audit?
Organizations typically undertake 2nd party efforts to gain confidence that their supply
chain is consistently meeting standards and effectively applying guidelines. 2nd party
audits ensure that your brand and values are not being compromised, thus reducing the
risk across your supply chain.
Why subcontract 2nd party audits?
Organizations with more than one supplier find that the scheduling and logistics of a
2nd party audit can be overwhelming. It is likely that an organization will have only
a few resources that are knowledgeable and equipped to conduct a 2nd party audit, and
time constraints can spread resources even thinner. Subcontracting these efforts can
create a significant cost savings in training and logistics because these activities
are conducted, efficiently and effectively, by the subcontracted firm.
As organizations continue to stay ahead of the competition, it becomes clearer that
the company’s reputation, growth and economic viability are directly correlated to quality.
If available in-house resources are compromising quality, it is wise to consider
subcontracting 2nd party efforts.
For more information on 2nd party audits,
please feel free to email