Supplier Self Assessment Document

Supplier Self AssessmentDon’t let a preventable quality control issue put you our of business!

The Supplier Self Assessment lists all your product quality expectations.

This form puts the responsibility onto the supplier to check his own goods, using the criteria outlined by you, prior to sending the goods to you.

Do not assume the supplier knows anything about your product, even if he is the number one supplier in the world!

If there’s one thing you take out from what I’m saying, make it tell your supplier your expectations, even if it’s like stating the bleeding obvious’.

The Chinese are master copiers, and they will make whatever you tell them, however, you have to tell them what you want, in detail.

Sometimes it helps to explain to the supplier why it is that you need the product to be produced this way. If you neglect to do this, the Chinese supplier may just assume that you are a “Crazy Westerner”, and also conclude that they have a better way of doing it.

Introduce this form during the negotiation phase, to make your supplier clear on what you want, early in the relationship.

By doing so, you’ll avoid many price increases Chinese suppliers impose along the way as they hear about your expectations, many of which were so obvious you thought they didn’t require mentioning!

Then, when your supplier has produced your goods, have him complete the form and fax it to you, prior to shipping goods, so you can approve delivery, or not.

How does it work?
The Supplier Self Assessment sets out all aspects of the product to ensure every element is as it should be before shipping. It also enables the supplier to document his efficiency in an easy to follow form.

The Agreement is delivered in Word format so that it can be customised to suit your product’s requirements.

It also includes the Chinese translation to minimise the risk of any misunderstandings.

Now, you could hire an engineer to draft a document like this IF you had hundreds or thousands of dollars to spare for their fees AND IF you could find one would be prepared to do this kind of work with China.