Factory audit standards in China and Asia

Factory Audits are performed according to

  • Recognized international quality standards, norms & regulation (see details below)
  • Client's requirements, specifications, criteria and instructions
  • AQF Team expertise and experience in quality control

Quality Management Audits - ISO 9000

Factory audit standards in China and Asia for AQF's Simple Factory Audit and Extensive Factory Audit are both based on a checklist derived from the ISO 9000 series (a set of quality standards developed in 1987 by the International Organization for Standardization). Quality management audit reports shall cover the following verifications:

  • Quality Management System
  • Production processes
  • Quality of the produced products (available at the time of the audit)
  • Work force and working conditions 

Social compliance audits - SA 8000

AQF's Corporate Social Audit, WRAP or BSCI's checklists are based on the SA8000 standard and on the local country's regulations. SA8000 is a way for importers to ensure fair and decent working conditions throughout their supply chain. SA8000 is based on international workplace norms in the ILO conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on Rights of the Child.

Social compliance audits cover:

  • Child Labor
  • Forced Labor
  • Health and Safety
  • Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining
  • Discrimination
  • Discipline
  • Working Hours
  • Compensation
  • Management Systems

Environmental audit - ISO 14000

Based on the ISO 14000 standard, AQF’s environmental audit guarantee to the importers that the factory is following the framework offered by the standard to ensure en effective environmental management system.

  • Environmental Policy
  • Definition of the environmental aspects related to manufacturer activities
  • Legal requirements compliance
  • Environmental objectives and program
  • Noise
  • Handling and storage of chemicals
  • Waste and Wastewater disposal
  • Air pollution
  • Resource consumption
  • Emergency preparation

Automotive audit – ISO TS 16949

The ISO technical specification 16949 is complementary to the ISO 9001:2008 standard and specific for the automotive-related products. Its objective is to develop the right quality management system for continual improvement, defect prevention and reduction of waste within the supply chain. All this to ensure the product requirements can be achieved within target prices.



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