Quality Management International, Inc. (QMII)

Supply Chain Management Systems and ISO 28000 Training

Globalization, even without the threats of piracy and terrorism, requires the use of process-based risk management systems to make and keep supply chains reliable and secure. Organizations have outsourced some of their processes to other companies for more efficient operation often in distant countries. Leading companies, managing their supply chain partners, now require every partner to provide evidence that they are systematically executing their part in assuring quality, sustainability and supply chain security.

By increasing the number of organizations responsible for satisfying customer requirements, outsourcing can reduce confidence in process control, and the resulting products. Buyers and suppliers along the supply chain use their management systems to avoid the losses inherent in defective, delayed and over-supplied product. For this, they take the process approach; hence the value of ISO 9001 and our 20+ years experience in developing process-based management systems.

Secure supply chain management involves many sovereign security regulators that may delay delivery. Separation of information from action can cause over-supply (WIP). Supply chain managers continue to develop their management systems to integrate reliable processes, controls and information flows with regulators to avoid delay and over-supply while securing their global supply chains.

World trade currently benefits from several global supply chain security initiatives. The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is for companies to improve the security of their corporate supply chains. The Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) enables certain companies to play their part in the SAFE framework of WCO (World Customs Organization). The Container Security Initiative (CSI) screens containers at ports of origin. Most countries around the world implement and enforce the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) and companies track and monitor the integrity of cargo containers moving around the world using technologies such as RFID and GPS. Each of these initiatives is implemented and sustained by individual company management systems.

The ISO 28000 series of globally recognized management systems standards provide requirements and recommendations for supply chain security. Committed supply chain partners develop, use, evaluate, improve and audit their management systems. They audit these systems to verify ISO 28000 conformity and the effectiveness of their security controls. As management systems consultants, trainers and auditors we work with our clients so they systematically assure security, reduce losses and continually improve supply chain security.

Our clients determine the scope of their systems and prioritize their security risks. They develop their business management systems to integrate new policies, objectives, processes and controls to address the top priority security risks to prevent loss while adding value. Since 1986, we have developed, simplified and improved client management systems using our proven approach. We train our clients (and many successful individual consultants) to develop the essential competencies in the new processes of their supply chain security management systems. We also audit and advise on the effectiveness of these systems.

Join supply chain managers in successfully completing one of our five-day ISO 28000 lead auditor classes. Then develop, audit and improve your supply chain's management systems to fulfill policies and objectives for security in addition to those for quality and sustainability.

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