Use contracts and accounts payable records to compile a listing of all current suppliers that provide parts/materials. Ask stakeholders to verify and specify the following information for each supplier on the list:
- Contact information
- Description of parts/materials provided
- Overall performance rating
- Does supplier have access to proprietary product information/protected company data? (Yes/No)
- Designation of supplier’s role in your operation (i.e., critical, important, or useful)
Once the ASL is created, you should remove suppliers with unacceptable performance ratings and establish an approval process for adding and/or removing suppliers in future revisions.