such as factory audit and pre-shipment
inspections in China
The automotive quality management system standard IATF16949 says the organization shall audit products using customer-specific required approaches at appropriate stages of production and delivery to verify conformity to specific requirements. Where not defined by the customer, the organization shall define the approach to be used.
The product audit is the assessment of the final product and its qualification evaluated against the original design of the product. It ensures a thorough inspection of the final product before delivery.