A Manufacturing Contract Agreement (MCA) is a legal agreement between a manufacturer and their customer for a particular product or group of products that will be made to a specific set of standards based on material sourcing, production techniques, or quality control. Assessing a supplier’s MCA can often be difficult and time consuming since no two suppliers seem to ever write a MCA the same way. Both formatting and the types of information provided in the quality control section are often dictated by customer demands and standard industry practice instead of following an established regulation outline. Source Intelligence (SI) relies on its understanding of industry best practices for determining if the supplier had provided sufficient information in their MCA. Please note that a supplier’s technical document may be referred to as the Quality Control Agreement by the supplier as well as possible other titles. The important part of the MCA is the language between the manufacturer/supplier and the customer that outlines the material specifications and production requirements, which is typically found in the quality control section of the document.
The following are a list of the three main points required in the MCA along with any specific pieces of information needed in each point:
1. The name and contact address of all companies involved in the contract.
2. A reference to this standard or limits of restricted substances allowed.
a. A complete and clear list of standards or other specified requirements for materials used.
b. A complete and clear list of standards or other specified requirements for quality control methods that will be required.
c. The standard(s) or specification for the maximum content of restricted substances in a material, part, or sub-assembly must be listed in the document.
3. The name, function, date, and signature of the authorized person(s) acting on behalf of the companies.