Quality Assurance Provisions (QAPs)

Government QUALITY ASSURANCE PROVISIONS (QAPs) will be in the contract.

Depending on the service and agency concerned, defense contractors and suppliers should be in "compliance" with the ISO 9000 standard series but do not have to be "registered".

As of this writing.

The Defense Department has not required ISO 9000 "certification but compliance" and still conducts a great deal of second-party auditing.

The main concern is keeping track of evolving requirements surrounding mil specs and quality systems.

Here are some tips when conforming to military quality requirements:

Keep tabs on Defense Department requirements through the data base on mil spec replacements.
You can access this data base via the worldwide web: http://www.acq.osd.mil/es/std/stdhome.html.

Monitor individual services that are customers and be aware of their recommendations. * Know your "customer," in this case one of hundreds of government agencies.

Know the special requirements that your customer sets.

Many people in the DoD assume that being ISO 9000-certified means that the products produced will be high quality products. Likewise, many in industry are operating under the mistaken belief that the DoD now requires companies to be ISO 9000-certified.
This is decidedly not the case on both counts.
ACQUISITION REFORM From The Defense Acquisition University. DOD Internet Listing Tailored to the Professional Acquisition Workforce.

Keep up on Defense Department requirements through the data base on mil spec replacements.
You can access this data base @:  http://www.acq.osd.mil/es/std/stdhome.html.

Complete Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI)
http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/dfarspgi/current/index.html. For Quality Assurance Go to Part 246.

Keep up with supplements and changes to DEFARS. http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/change_notices.html

Remember, the Defense Department requires compliance to an ISO 9000-type of quality system, not certification.

International Organization for Standardization Web site.

Malcolm Baldrige criteria vs ISO9001 :
The Malcolm Baldrige criteria are much broader than the ISO 9000 criteria, and offer more in the way of overall contractor maturity.

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