How to ensure supplier quality from your supplier management program

Hosp Mater Manage Q. 1998 Feb;19(3):1-10.


Companies are currently abandoning vertical integration in order to focus on their core competencies and capabilities. As a result, higher percentages of their products are being provided by suppliers. In today's global marketplace, customers can demand and receive products that possess excellent quality. In order to remain competitive, companies must be able to provide high-quality products at low prices. The quality of components purchased from suppliers influences product quality more than any other factor except design quality, and since purchased materiel make up such a large percentage of a company's product, ensuring supplier quality has become an economic imperative.

MeSH terms

  • Contract Services / economics
  • Contract Services / standards*
  • Data Collection
  • Equipment and Supplies / economics
  • Equipment and Supplies / supply & distribution*
  • Industry / standards*
  • Institutional Management Teams
  • Management Audit
  • Materials Management, Hospital
  • Quality Control*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Total Quality Management / economics
  • United States