Verification and Validation Activities:
CNS and its customers reserve the right to perform verification and/or validation activities at the Supplier’s premises.
Test, Inspection, and Verification:
Suppliers will maintain a quality and/or inspection system that will ensure all goods and services conform to contract requirements whether manufactured or distributed by Supplier or procured from Sub-Tier Suppliers, and that fully complies with the requirements of ISO 9001, AS9100, AS9110, AS9120 or equivalent where applicable. The Supplier will retain documented information including retention periods and disposition requirements.
For Purchase Orders to calibration service providers, all gauges and measuring equipment must be calibrated using standards traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). All provided calibration certifications must specifically state this traceability.
Quality System Requirements:
Supplier’s Quality Management System (QMS) shall be in accordance with an internationally recognized standard such as ISO 9001, AS9100, AS9120, ISO 17025, or equivalent unless otherwise approved by CNS.
Customer Designated Sources:
When required by CNS or by their customers, Suppliers will use customer specified sources flowed down on the Purchase Order.
Notification of Nonconformance:
Supplier product discovered after shipment by the Supplier found to be nonconforming to any engineering drawing and/or Purchase Order requirement shall be immediately disclosed to CNS upon discovery, including but not limited to quantity shipped, date shipped, and the extent of the nonconformance. Suppliers that receive notification of Nonconforming product shall take appropriate action to contain the nonconforming condition and prevent it from re-occurrence. The Supplier must obtain buyers written approval for nonconforming product disposition. The Supplier will be notified if formal Corrective Action is required to be submitted to CNS. The response shall be submitted within 1 week of issue or a time frame agreed upon between CNS and the Supplier.
Prevention of Counterfeit Unapproved or Suspected Unapproved Parts:
Suppliers shall have a system in place to detect and prevent the use of counterfeit, suspect counterfeit, unapproved, or suspect unapproved parts.
Notification of Process Changes:
Suppliers must notify CNS in writing of changes in ownership, product and/or process, suppliers, and manufacturing/distribution facility location.
Customer Requirements Flow Down:
Suppliers shall flow-down to Sub-Tier Suppliers all applicable requirements as required by the Purchase Order either specifically or by reference.
Test Specimens or Samples:
When requested by CNS or its customers, Suppliers will provide test specimens for inspection/verification, investigation and/or auditing purposes.
Documented Information & Record Retention:
Unless otherwise specified on the Purchase Order, the latest revision of part, process, or material shall apply. All certifications, test reports, and inspection reports, as well as receiving inspection, in-process inspection, final inspection, and calibration records shall be retained for a minimum of ten years, unless otherwise specified by CNS. These records will be made available to CNS and their customers, or regulatory agency upon request.
Right of Access:
CNS and their customers reserve the right to perform a routine visit or an on-site inspection of the Supplier’s facility, if necessary. CNS will give reasonable notification to the Supplier prior to the visit or on-site inspection. The on-site inspection may include a surveillance audit of the Supplier’s facilities, operations, and Quality Management System (QMS). The Supplier shall furnish, at no cost, the necessary data as required by applicable drawings, Purchase Order, specifications, and inspection instructions to facilitate the on-site audit.
Suppliers will ensure personnel working on their behalf are aware of their contribution to product or service conformity, their contribution to product safety, and the importance of ethical behavior.
Supplier Corrective Action:
In response to Corrective Action Requests, Suppliers shall advise CNS of root cause determination, corrective action taken to prevent recurrence of reported problems and/or discrepancies, and effectively dates of the planned corrective action(s). Suppliers shall maintain a corrective action system that determines the effectiveness of such corrective actions, and that prevents shipment of nonconforming articles without prior approval from CNS.
Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Prevention:
Suppliers are required to establish and maintain a Foreign Object Debris (FOD) prevention program that employs appropriate housekeeping practices to assure timely detection and removal of residue/debris generated, during operations and normal daily tasks.
Packaging and Shipping:
Suppliers shall package products to prevent damage during shipment. Protective insulating material including double box method should be used when necessary to ensure that procured articles are free from damage during transit. The protective abilities of the shipping package/box shall not be degraded by over packing.
Suppliers agree to not knowingly supply products that contain “Conflict Minerals” (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) and adjoining countries, as described in section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “ACT”).