Supplier Audit Checklists

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Published November 16th, 2020

What is a Supplier Audit?

A supplier audit is a formalized system of evaluating the reliability and competency of suppliers and vendors to deliver quality service. Auditing suppliers are foundational in establishing strong customer-supplier relationships. Supplier audits aim to assess and promote smooth operations in key business areas such as manufacturing, engineering, invoicing, QA, and shipping.

This article will briefly discuss:

Supplier Audit Benefits

Performing supplier audits can help businesses determine if their supplier’s current performance meets business operational standards. Here are 4 benefits of auditing your suppliers:

  1. Manage production downtime—manage the reallocation of resources more effectively and track how suppliers perform against SLAs.
  2. Increase profitability—manage supplier risks and quality-related costs.
  3. Ensure quality and compliance—determine if your supplier meets your standards by auditing their performance on a regular basis. Identify repetitive errors and potential risks in the process and develop contingency plans to solve these problems.
  4. Continuous quality improvement—evaluate and monitor the quality of the service and products that your suppliers provide. Gain a comprehensive overview on how your supplier performs over time.

Supplier Audit Frequency

A supplier audit is often considered one of the best first steps toward better supply chain management, improving quality and efficiency right at the source. Generally, supplier audits should be performed at least once a year and as often as required, depending on the risks involved with that specific vendor, or supplier risk profiles.

For example, maintaining the quality of a certain ingredient is crucial to manufacture your product safely. If that raw material from your supplier has been compromised—negatively affecting consumers, product quality, and production process—then you should audit that vendor more frequently.

Streamline Your Supplier Audit Process

Auditing suppliers involves an enormous amount of paperwork and documentation to confirm that quality standards are being met. More time is often spent on data-gathering and paperwork instead of focusing on remediating supply chain and vendor issues.

iAuditor by SafetyCulture can replace your paper-based supplier audits with a mobile application and a web platform. Can conduct audits with mobile devices, use voice dictation to take notes, and take photo evidence that automatically attaches into the report.

You can also customize supplier audit forms to suit your specific compliance needs, generate supplier audit reports before leaving the site, and review audits online—anytime, anywhere. Click here to learn more about how the iAuditor Supplier Audit Software can help you implement a risk-based compliance program.

Get started by downloading these supplier audit checklists for your business. All iAuditor templates are fully customizable and you can even create your ownno programming skills required!


Carlo Sheen Escano

SafetyCulture staff writer

Carlo Sheen Escano is a contributing writer for SafetyCulture based in Makati City, Philippines. Sheen has experience in digital marketing and has been writing for SafetyCulture since 2018. His articles mainly discuss risks in the workplace and well-known safety and quality processes used to mitigate them. Furthermore, Sheen is passionate about providing insights to global customers on how technology can help them to do the best work of their lives.