Customizing Settings for QM in Procurement

The following settings can be made in the Customizing application in order to use the quality management functions in procurement:

These keys define the conditions for quality management in procurement. They contain control indicators that determine, among other things, whether the following are necessary:

Keys are defined for processing quality certificates and are stored in the material master record. These keys stipulate that a certificate be requested from the vendor for every purchase order item. The keys can also be used to determine

Keys are defined in the Customizing application for blocking supply relationships. Depending on whether the block applies to all or only some of the materials from a vendor, a blocking key is stored in the vendor master or in the Q-info record for the "material * vendor" combination.

The key controls blocking of the following transactions:

There are two types of system support for exchanging Q documents with vendors:

These documents are used during the procurement operations, that is for requests for quotation and purchase orders, and are sent to the vendor.

The standard R/3 System contains fixed settings for these document types, such as:

Verification requirements with regard to the QM system of the vendor are defined.

You store the actual QM system in the vendor master record at the client level or in the Q-info record for the material-vendor combination at the plant level.

During procurement (requests for quotations and purchase order), the system checks whether the QM system of the vendor fulfills the requirements defined for the material.

Status profiles are defined for the supply relationships. An inspection type is assigned to each status contained in the profile.

You can stipulate that deliveries of materials from a vendor must pass through several statuses, for example

These statuses can be assigned different inspection types with corresponding plan usages. The system will then select inspection plans to match the status of the supply relationship.