The main objectives of Second-Party Audits are to reduce the risk of delivery of unacceptable products and/or services against agreed specifications, and ensure transparency.
Cost savings and the pursuit of added value can lead many large organizations and industries to the modern approach of using Second-Party Audits, with the main aim of assessing their providers (existing and new) and verifying their suppliers ability to meet the contractual requirements.
A second-party audit scheme is always based on an Audit Protocol with the following key elements:
- Characteristics and elements of the audit:
- Type of audit
- Frequency of audits
- Assessment system and purpose of audit
- The audit protocol:
- Audit criteria
- The detail and range of the audit information
- System for assessing the results
- Reporting system
- Management and control of results:
- Publication and recipients of results
- Detail and type of information in the results
Who is it for?
A ‘2nd Party Audit’ is applicable in manufacturing and service companies in any sector.
It can be applied:
- in assessment of suppliers and partners
- in companies spread over a large geographical area, with a common activity (e.g. vertical franchise).
What are the benefits of certification?
- Improvement of the supply chain
- Monitoring and/or verification of the reliability of a supplier with regard to contractual obligations
- Enhanced transparency in practices applied in production of products
- Reduced likelihood of delivery of products that do not meet agreed specifications
Goals and exploitation of the results of second-party audits:
- Documentation of supply decisions
- Choice of supplier
- Continuation/renewal/expansion of existing collaboration
- Basis for commercial negotiations
Who do I contact for certification?
Customer Service Department Contact Person: Ms. Anna Topaltziki, Tel: 210 5220920, Ext: 187