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 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.
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.
Complete Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation
Supplement (DFARS) and Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI)
Remember, the Defense Department requires compliance to an ISO 9000-type of quality system, not certification.
Malcolm Baldrige criteria vs ISO9001 :
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