An overview of QC practices as well as ISO standards.
When purchasing volume goods internationally, there are many areas in the process where you should conduct checks on your prospective suppliers.
The first one is during the discovery and negotiation process when you are deciding which supplier to go with. More often than not, the prospective supplier will indicate whether he or she has achieved ISO accreditation for their products. See below for details
The other very important stage in quality checking is prior to shipment. You need to engage the services of an inspection officer to go through the shipment to check and see if what you are about to receive is what you paid for.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer of standards. ISO has built a strategic partnership with the WTO (World Trade Organization), with the common goal of promoting a free and fair global trading system. Between 1947 and the present day, ISO has published more than 15,000 International Standards.
Although ISO's principal activity is the development of technical standards, ISO standards also have important economic and social repercussions. ISO standards make a positive difference, not just to engineers and manufacturers for whom they solve basic problems in production and distribution, but to society as a whole.
ISO:9000 is concerned with "quality management." This means what an organization does to enhance customer satisfaction by meeting customer and applicable regulatory requirements and continually to improve its performance in this regard.
ISO:14000 is primarily concerned with "environmental management." This means what an organization does to minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities, and to continually improve its environmental performance.