10 Key Contents of SCS Factory Audit
C-TPAT anti-terrorism factory inspection

    At present, there are mainly four types of anti-terrorist factory inspections: C-TPAT anti-terrorism factory inspection, GSV anti-terrorism factory inspection, SCS factory inspection, and SCAN factory inspection.

After the 9/11 anti-terrorist attacks in the United States, in order to ensure the safety and compliance of suppliers or importers, various industries in the United States adopted anti-terrorist factory inspection measures to manage and ensure the safety system of suppliers. The content of the anti-terrorism factory inspection mainly involves the security, warehouse, packaging, loading, and shipping of the factory.

C-TPAT Anti-Terrorism Factory Audit

C-TPAT, the full name of "Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism", namely "Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism", is a voluntary program initiated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after the 9/11 incident. And it was officially implemented on April 16, 2002. Through C-TPAT, CBP hopes to establish a supply chain security management system with relevant industries to ensure the safety of transportation, information security and the circulation of cargo conditions from the start point to the end point of the supply chain, thereby preventing the infiltration of terrorists. Therefore, large American retailers that join the program basically require their suppliers to meet the C-TPAT anti-terrorist factory inspection standards when making overseas purchases.

Main content of C-TPAT

  • Procedural Security

  • Documentation Processing

  • Physical Security

  • Access Controls

  • Personnel Security

  • Education and Training Awareness

  • Manifest Procedures

  • Conveyance Security

  • C-TPAT Audit Score and Validity Period

In the C-TPAT audit, a score of 67 or above is considered a pass, and the validity period is 1 year, and the validity period of a score above 92 is 2 years.

GSV Anti-Terrorism Factory Audit

GSV, the full name of "Global Security Verification", that is, global security verification, is one of the world's three major notary firms, British INTERTEK (ITS for short) independently compiled a complete set of applications for factory manufacturing, logistics, shipping, The anti-terrorism standards of the terminal and other industries are exclusively reviewed and certified by ITS. For a long time, because the CBP of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, only accepted GSV for suppliers from China, GSV was once a necessary stepping stone for Chinese suppliers to export to the United States. Whether the supplier chooses to do C-TPAT or GSV factory inspection, it meets the requirements of US anti-terrorism standards and is accepted by US customs. Only C-PTAT can be entrusted by SGS, BV, TUV and other third-party audit institutions for audit, while GSV can only be entrusted to ITS for exclusive audit.

Main content of GSV anti-terrorism factory inspection

The GSV anti-terrorism factory inspection is formulated with reference to C-TPAT, and the GSV factory inspection content refers to the C-PTAT standard.

GSV audit score and validity period

GSV factory audit, 71 points or more is passed, the certificate is valid for 1 year, if the first audit fails, you can improve and re-apply within 120 days, if the second time fails the audit, new orders cannot be accepted, but existing orders will not be affected.

SCS Anti-Terrorism Factory Audit

Many buyers began to formulate their own anti-terrorism standards, and Walmart has independently formulated anti-terrorism standards that meet its own suppliers based on the C-TPAT standard. Later, Walmart also began to accept SCAN audits. If the factory has passed the SCAN audit, there is no need to conduct SCS audits. SCS factory audits are generally audited by third-party auditing agencies recognized by WAL-MART. There are three third-party agencies with supply chain security auditing qualifications, namely ITS, BV, and OMEGA.

10 Key Contents of SCS Factory Audit

1. The factory must establish an employee safety system including the employment process, appropriate employee factory license control, factory license loss reporting and access control;

2. The factory has a safety process to review the information of the applicants, including verifying the applicant's current address, personal background, identification card, etc.;

3. Factory security personnel use CCTV or other monitoring facilities to monitor the factory walls, fences and all entrances and exits 24 hours a day, and the monitoring video is kept for 45 days;

4. The factory loading area and loading dock are restricted areas, and only authorized personnel can enter;

5. The gate guard of the factory will inspect the trucks leaving the factory, verify the records, container and trailer numbers, and check the shipment records and seal numbers;

6. Check whether it is applied to containers or trucks;

7. The use of high security seals;

8. The safety control of the packing area or transit warehouse/area by factory managers or security guards;

9. Control of transportation companies and logistics safety;

10. IT information security management control.

SCS Audit Score and Validity Period

SCS factory audit adds the above 10 key points on the basis of GSV, generally 71 points are passed, but if there is a problem with any of the 10 key points in the audit, even if the result is 71 points, it will not pass. Refer to GSV for the validity period of SCS factory inspection. The difficulty of SCS factory audit is much higher than that of GSV.

SCAN Anti-Terrorism Factory Audit

SCAN, the full name of "Supplier Compliance Audit Network", is the supplier compliance audit, written by the British Royal Company BSI British Standard in combination with the C-TPAT standard, according to the actual situation of suppliers and factories in countries and regions with different safety factors A counter-terrorism audit standard with a reasonable and complete counter-terrorism audit scoring system. The goal of SCAN is to reduce supply chain security audits, allowing importers to share audit report information and improve efficiency.

The main contents of the SCAN anti-terrorism factory inspection

SCAN anti-terrorism factory inspection mainly includes container and trailer safety, transportation safety, personnel safety, program safety, physical access control, physical safety, safety training and threat awareness, information technology safety, etc.

SCAN anti-terrorism factory audit score and validity period

There are 83 problem points in the SCAN factory audit, which can be divided into three categories according to their nature: Critical, Must, Should, among which Critical is the key point of the audit. If there is an error, it will affect the approval of the audit. SCAN is a scoring system, 76 points can be passed, and the validity period is 1 year. The higher the score, the longer the validity period.

In the future, the SCAN organization will make more customers feel that the SCAN compliance program is the anti-terrorism program they are looking for. At present, the world's giant brands Walmart, Home Depot, JCPENEY, HUSKY, BOEING, CELGENE, COLEMAN, CANROIRNTIRE, RAWLINGS have joined the SCAN compliance program. SCAN is a customer-designated notary bank for review, and cannot be applied for by themselves. SCAN members or factories can submit an application for review to SCAN. After SCAN receives the application, it will be assigned to the notary bank. After the audit is completed, the notary bank will upload the violation points to the SCAN system, and SCAN members will receive relevant reports. At present, there are 7 notary firms approved by SCAN for anti-terrorism inspection: BSI, BV, SGS, UL, INTERTEK, OMEGA, EUROFINS.

The Significance of Anti-Terrorism Factory Audit

Most of the anti-terrorist factory inspections are required by American brand owners. Although it is not a mandatory requirement, suppliers who pass the anti-terrorist factory inspection certification have the following benefits:

1. Help suppliers to strengthen security, win the trust of importers, obtain more customer orders and cooperate with customers stably.

2. One more identity recognition when entering the U.S. customs to speed up customs clearance.

3. Establish international credibility and improve corporate image.

4. Improve production systems and facilities, increase enterprise production capacity, improve manufacturing safety and health, and allow enterprises to obtain higher enterprise benefits.

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