What is a Factory Audit?
A Factory Audit or Factory Assessment (FA) evaluates the production capability and performance of a factory against proven quality principles. As such, the key criteria assessed are policies, procedures and records that would indicate the factory’s ability to deliver consistent quality management over time, rather than at one given time or only for certain products. Core areas and processes addressed by a factory assessment include:
- Quality Management System
- Good Manufacturing Practice (Factory Environment Standards)
- Product Control
- Process Control
After the factory audit is completed, you will receive a summary report and a score card report that will include both an overall score and rating per section, highlighting key strengths and areas needing improvement. Our objective is to provide measurable results to both vendors and retailers as they work together for shared success.
What are the key benefits of Factory Audits?
Bureau Veritas’ factory audit services can help:
- Evaluate the capabilities of potential new vendors as part of the selection process.
- Identify key strengths and weaknesses of your existing vendor base to allow you to optimize your quality assurance spending.
- Monitor and track progress over time to drive quality throughout the manufacturing process.
- Provide data that may be used to determine the nature, extent, and timing of your other quality interactions.
Can the factory assessment be customized to my industry?
Factory Audits can be customized to different industries according to your needs. You can select from several industry-specific tools that we have developed to provide a more valuable and relevant assessment. We have Capacity and Capability Modules available for:
- General hardline products
- Home textiles
- Electrical and electronic products
Our most-used audit services
|Factory audit standard||Description||Perfect for|
|Our standard one-work-day factory audit service is based on Bureau Veritas’ core standard protocols to help companies to audit the production capability and performance of a potential new vendor.||
|Assessment of a factory's effective usage of quality management systems helps buys confirm they can meet production requirements whilst identifying potential risks.||
|Validate that your suppliers can meet your quality requirements by having the right level of controls; but also has the capacities to meet your order needs.||
Other factory audit standards:
- Sharp tools, needles, and metal detection
- Modular technical factory assessment (QMS + C&C)
- BV standard product specific factory assessment
- Mill improvement program
- Chemical Management system factory assessment
- Pre-gap BRC assessment
- Mold prevention
Which type of factory audit is best for me?
InSpec By Bureau Veritas
Our Approach & Expertise
As a world leader in third-party inspection service, our inspection team all undergo rigorous technical qualification and integrity training before performing any type of inspection
INSPEC BY BV is an online booking platform to improve your product quality and reduce returns with systematic inspection and audits. You will experience a fast, easy-to-use booking flow for your product inspection services, and you can book one of our next available product specialists to be at your factory for service as quickly as the next day.
- Quality Inspection and Audit Services with Fast & Easy Online Booking
- Online Dashboard to Monitor Your Draft Bookings & Reports
- Performed by Bureau Veritas Team & Available Globally
Why Bureau Veritas?
Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 80,000 employees located in more than 1,600 offices and laboratories around the globe. Bureau Veritas helps its clients improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.
The benefits of working with Bureau Veritas:
Experience & Efficiency
We actively provide factory assessments to major US-based and global retailers. Based on our experience, we offer you a "standard practice" approach that leverages the knowledge of our team of experts.
With locations around the world, we can assess the factories of your vendors where needed.
Technical Knowledge & Leadership
Our auditors receive specialized training and use detailed protocols and operations to deliver a first-rate service. All findings positive and negative are supported by documented objective evidence.
We provide an electronic checklist that can be customized to your requirements.
Our approach and security audit expertise
Our factory assessments are designed to help retailers and vendors work together and improve performance by providing detailed results that clearly indicate areas of strengths and opportunities. In today’s market, as retailers and buyers are looking to select successful new vendors, reduce the number of vendors to more manageable levels, and promote relationships that improve overall performance, our assessment services provide an effective and unique method to help select and enhance relationships. We offer:
A Standard Practices Approach
Based on our experience in providing factory assessments for multiple US-based and global retailers, we have developed a 'standard practices approach' that can save you time and costs in creating and maintaining an effective factory assessment program.
A Modular Approach
Our suite of modules allows Bureau Veritas to customize the factory assessment to your specific needs while maintaining the consistency that comes from detailed audit protocols.
Our auditors receive comprehensive training including interpretation, auditing techniques, report writing, audit planning, integrity and consistency.
A Strong Integrity & Ethics Program
With a reputation for strict ethical guidelines and well-trained auditors, we maintain an active and dynamic training and integrity program that is managed by a dedicated integrity team, in order to minimize the risks of corruption and to educate auditors, factories and clients regarding our integrity policies and expectations.