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Our Supplier Requirements

The supplier shall maintain an effective Quality Management System in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001, AS9100, AS9120 or equivalent that provides a means of ensuring that products conform to specified requirements. A supplier audit or remote assessment will need to be carried out for those suppliers who hold no certified management system.
Right of access to Specialised Polymer Engineering (SPE) authorised representatives, their customer and Regulatory Authorities shall be afforded to all facilities involved in the order and to all applicable records and for verification of parts and materials at the supplier’s premises.
The supplier shall inform SPE of changes to its certification, registration and accreditation status and any other changes that may affect quality such as change of ownership or manufacturing location in a timely fashion.
The supplier agrees to communicate to employees and sub-tier suppliers the importance of their contribution to product or service conformity and safety, and the importance of ethical behaviour. Examples of unethical behaviours include but are not limited to: falsifying records, theft, bribery, corruption, deceit, slave labour etc.
SPE monitor their supply chain by measuring the Quality and Delivery of the products or services provided. In the event of a non-conformance being raised the supplier must address it to identify the root cause and corrective actions in order to prevent recurrence.
Design and development controls do not apply to SPE’s suppliers.
Where applicable, all suppliers of materials and components to SPE shall comply with the requirements of the European Community Regulations on Chemicals and their safe use.
Any tools and metallic materials must be individually part marked unless otherwise agreed beforehand.
A valid Certificate of Conformity shall accompany each shipment and contain the following information:

Supplier Name, Purchase Order Number, Date, Part Number, Revision, Quantity, Special Processes, Authorised Signature, Title and Statement Certifying Product Compliance and Traceability.
When the supplier sub-contracts a process or requirement to a sub-tier supplier the applicable requirements must be flowed down to that supplier. The supplier retains responsibility for the work and compliance for the product or service.
The supplier and any sub-tier suppliers used shall be SPE and/or customer approved for any process considered to be a Special Process.
The supplier ensures that only new, authentic and conforming materials shall be used in products or goods supplied to SPE and that the products / goods delivered shall contain no Counterfeit parts / material.

Counterfeit part / materials include an unlawful or unauthorized reproduction, substitution, or alteration that has been knowingly mismarked, misidentified, or otherwise misrepresented to be an authentic or unmodified part.
Records related to the manufacture and/or process operations, including inspection and test are to be retained by the supplier and made available on request for verification by SPE, our Customers and Regulatory Authorities. Unless otherwise specified the period of retention shall be for a minimum of ten years. Do not destroy such records unless approved by SPE.
The supplier shall ensure that its employees and personnel working on its behalf are sufficiently trained and competent to meet the requirements of the services or products ordered.
The supplier shall ensure that their equipment used is suitably calibrated and calibration certificates are available where required. They shall be made available to Specialised Polymer Engineering if requested.
Where requested by Specialised Polymer Engineering or its customer’s, the supplier shall provide test specimens for inspection/verification, investigation and/or auditing purposes.
The Supplier shall obtain written approval from SPE prior to the supply of any Non-Conforming material. The Supplier shall notify SPE of any Non-Conforming material or products discovered after delivery so that appropriate Corrective Action can be taken.
The supplier shall provide SPE with a First Article Inspection Report (FAIR). This is required for the first batch produced from a new or modified drawing, after a change in the manufacturing process, or as directed by SPE. It will also need to be repeated if a product has not been made in the last 24 months.

A First Article Inspection is a representative sample from the batch and shall be 100% inspected for conformance to requirements.
The supplier shall use a suitable sampling technique in order to accept the product prior to despatch to Specialised Polymer Engineering.

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