The supplier quality agreement is a comprehensive written agreement (usually supplemented by a checklist) that defines and defines the quality and good manufacturing obligations (GMP) of the design owner and supplier. A quality agreement is an essential part of a supplier qualification program, but it does not replace the supplier`s qualification processes (including audits when needed) or the supplier`s understanding of its processes and skills. A quality agreement must not include trade or liability conditions that should be dealt with exclusively in a supply contract. Supplier quality management rules are represented worldwide by three important rules/standards: Get our free white paper with practical advice for qualified suppliers and quality management. 8 Created by Ombu Enterprises, LLC.ISO 13485:2003 Medical Devices Quality Management Systems Requirements for Regulatory Purposes ISO 14971:2007 Medical Devices Application of Risk Management to Medical Devices Products and Services Covered by this Agreement, This agreement concerns the products listed in the table below. Note: List the products the supplier makes available to the customer. The list should be specific, but should not contain revision levels or other information at that specific level. For example, it would be better to say feed number: A1234. instead of the feed number: A1234 Revision C.
You probably don`t want to re-approve the vendor contract for each product review change. Products covered by this agreement Product Name Supplier Part number Part number of the site (s) the supplier produces the product in one of the sites listed below. Distributors should have SAQ agreements because they are directly linked to the customer and the extent of their responsibilities can have an impact on both quality and regulatory. For example, when action on the ground is required, it is important that a trader is cooperative and has the necessary information. In addition, devices that require installation and/or service and are often the responsibility of a distributor can seriously affect the safety and operation of a device. Outsourced processes are again part of the manufacturing process that you do not directly control as a manufacturer. There are often processes that you can`t just check have been done properly. SAQ agreements are one way to keep control of outsourced processes in addition to validating processes that you can use. As requested in the above guidelines, the risk should be taken into account when deciding on the nature of supplier control. High-risk outsourced processes and high-risk outsourced processes, such as contract sterilization, design and development, are examples of processes that are generally considered key or critical and therefore expect quality agreements.
The FDA`s current position on quality agreements is outlined in the “Contract Manufacturing Arrangements for Drugs: Quality Agreements” guidelines published in 2016. The guidelines expressly state that production activities are the most important element of a quality agreement. It focuses on the seven most important areas that should be addressed in a quality agreement and their specific impact on the quality and control of change. In summary, the SAQ agreements are not only the expected control method for high-risk suppliers, but can also ensure clarity and fluidity of procedures for both the manufacturer and the supplier.