Quality Assurance Program Plan

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Level 1 Systems

We present the quality assurance program plan of these systems below. Click the links below to find additional information that should be included in a documented system.



Level 1 Systems are the basic building blocks of your quality assurance program plan. Develop these quality assurance systems first.

Systems Defined

A System is a set of interrelated or interacting elements.

A Management System establishes policy and objectives to achieve those objectives.

A Quality Management System is a management system to direct and control an organization with regards to quality.

A Quality Management system includes elements from several processes. These processes lie within a business department or between departments. When creating a Quality Assurance system these items must be kept in mind:

  • It must be documented.
  • Involve all stakeholders during the creation.
  • All employees must follow the system.
  • It must be open to audits.
  • It must be rigid to prevent users from deviating yet…
  • …it must be flexible to allow for continuous improvement.
  • The data or information necessary to support the system should be centralized.

Product Knowledge

Product Knowledge is listed as the first item in the quality assurance program plan. Product Knowledge is very important to capture prior to reviewing, improving or creating the other systems listed. If you are new to the business we recommend you gather all the available information about your company’s product. Collect this information from:

  • Product Catalogs
  • Company Website
  • Customer specifications
  • Industry specifications
  • Other employees

As your develop your systems, include Product Knowledge background in new employee training.



Document Control

Document Control is the spine of your QA program. Without a detailed Document Control system, your other systems could possibly be out of control. All Quality Assurance Systems must be documented. A Document Control procedure dictates the method to document those systems and all other procedures

When creating a Quality Assurance program plan, the first system must be the Document Control System. This is the second item shown on the Quality Assurance Overview and it is a critical system.

As a member of the Quality Assurance organization you understand, follow and teach the Document Control system to other employees. In addition, you frequently audit this system. Your familiarity is important.


Final Inspection

Final Inspection assures the product Quality. Write Final Inspection procedures for your products. Train the final inspectors to follow these procedures. Final inspection occurs just prior to shipping the product. The results of final inspection will be a quality record.


Calibration

Calibration assures that the measurement equipment throughout your facility measures within expected tolerances. Without a Calibration system the data recorded from the product or process inspection is suspect.


Traceability

A Traceability System documents your methods for tracking the finished goods through the raw materials. This includes tracking process steps, machines and employees. When finding the root cause of a problem, product traceability provides direction.



Corrective Action

Corrective Action is your company's policy for customer complaints. Customers may request this policy. They want to be included in the communication loop during the open complaint period. They want to know your tracking methods, response time frame and responsibilities. In many cases your customer’s requirements will drive this policy.

The policy must also cover internal Quality issues.


Non Conforming Material Control

Non Conforming Material Control instructs employees the correct methods to identify defective material. It assures you don't send defective material to your customer. It prevents defective material from entering into the manufacturing process.


Organizational Chart

An Organizational Chart shows your employees and your customers the company's management structure, the lines of communication and general responsibilities. Be sure to create an org chart that shows your Quality Assurance organization.

This is the last item from the Quality Assurance Overview and in small companies it may not be a priority.


The above chart shows the Basic systems that should be created first when driving your Quality Assurance management system.
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This quality assurance overview and other included pages lay the foundation for your quality assurance program plan.



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