ISO 9001:2008 vs. 2015, Receiving Insp.

Question:
Referring to ISO 9001:2008 clause 7.4.3, Verification of Purchased Product; since we are only a trading company that recieves a limited amount of purchased items at our site, please advise if this requirement is applicable to our organization. Thank You, Razif

Reply:
Hello Razif,
Thanks for contacting us.  Regarding ISO 9001:2008, clause 7.4.3, verification of purchased product requirements; it’s important to remember the primary purpose of conducting a receiving inspection is to verify received goods meet your organization’s stated purchase order description.  An effective receiving inspection process is needed to minimize the potential risk of accepting supplier provided nonconforming product or material.   The acceptance of nonconforming purchased product should be of primary concern, especially if the purchased product is intended for incorporation into a product or service that will be delivered to a customer.

As you are aware, ISO 9001:2015, clauses 8.4.1, sub a., and 8.4.2, sub., d, require verification of externally provided (purchased) processes, product, and services.  As a part of ISO 9001:2015 requirements for risk based thinking (RBT), this standard highlights the need for the organization to determine the controls (procedures) to be applied to externally provided processes, products, and services.  The more likely a risk is to occur or the higher its impact, then the more controls (procedures) required to address the risk.  Also, note that clause 8.4.1 goes beyond the old requirements of ISO 9001:2008, clause 7.4.3, by requiring documented information to be retained, this means that records are required.  Please review ISO 9001:2015, Annex A6, “documented information to be retained”.

I hope this helps.

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