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CQ Quality Assurance - An Overview


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CQ Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS) & Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance – An Overview

Quality assurance is a means to prevent mistakes and defects in the manufacturing process at every stage of the product life cycle. The term encompasses several aspects of quality such as best practices and methodologies to ensure customer delight and regulatory compliance.

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What is Quality Assurance?

Quality assurance is defined by ISO 9000 as a “part of quality management focused on providing confidence that quality requirements will be fulfilled.” With QA, manufacturers can ensure that customers receive a defect-free product by preventing mistakes at the time of manufacturing. Businesses can improve compliance to standards by monitoring processes and use feedback to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

How to do Complete Quality Assurance?

QA can be ensured using the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, and Act) cycle, a four-step methodology that helps control and improve the quality of products and services. It is an effective process to ensure that the organization maintains high standards of quality for the products, thus improving the reputation of the organization in the long run.

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    Quality Assurance and Quality Control Differences

    What is the difference between Quality Control and Quality Assurance?

    Both quality assurance and quality control are two aspects of quality management. Although some quality assurance and quality control processes are interrelated, there is a vast difference between the two. While QA facilitates compliance with virtually all of the quality systems, QC is a subset of the QA activities. Quality Control is the fifth phase of the DMAIC model, which is an abbreviation for define, measure, analyze, improve, control. The DMAIC model is used to improve processes as it is a data-driven quality strategy.

    Best practices for Quality Assurance

    Quality Assurance covers the whole product lifecycle and does not pertain to any particular phase. It is established to ensure that processes are being performed and the business is continuing to adhere to the regulatory and corporate standards. For its successes, the businesses should:

    • Business Goals
      Have a clear understanding of Business Goals
    • Acceptance Criteria
      Cleary define Acceptance Criteria
    • Supported Platforms
      Be aware of Supported Platforms
    • Test Plan
      Create a Test Plan
    • Test Cases
      Incorporate Test Cases/Checklists
    • Continuous Integration + Continuous deployment
      Establish Continuous Integration + Continuous deployment
    • Test Cases/Checklists
      Constantly update Test Cases/Checklists
    • Release Notes
      Share Release Notes with clients
    • Exploratory Testing
      Practice Exploratory Testing

    Quality Assurance Functions

    The functions of quality assurance are defined by the objectives laid out. These functions include:

     

    • QA standards
      Planning and management of product quality compliance as per QA standards
    • Coordinating with the manufacturing department
      Coordinating with the manufacturing department to ensure QA is carried out at all stages from testing, auditing, and reporting
    • Review the QA specifications and procedures
      Review the QA specifications and procedures with quality control
    • Conduct technical audit
      Conduct technical audits to ensure the standards are met consistently

    Quality assurance methods

    Some of the most commonly used quality assurance methods are mentioned below –

    • Business process re-engineering
      Benchmarking
    • Business process re-engineering
      Business process re-engineering
    • Operations analysis
      Operations analysis
    • ISO accreditation
      ISO accreditation
    • Ishikawa diagrams
      Ishikawa diagrams
    • Specifications
      Specifications
    • Standard operating procedures
      Standard operating procedures
    • Cost benefit analysis
      Cost-benefit analysis
    • Statistical sampling
      Statistical sampling
    • Quality assurance methods 10
      Quality management methodologies, e.g., Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing

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    Quality assurance methods

    Some of the most commonly used quality assurance methods are mentioned below –

    • Benchmarking
    • Business process re-engineering
    • Operations analysis
    • ISO accreditation
    • Ishikawa diagrams
    • Specifications
    • Standard operating procedures
    • Cost-benefit analysis
    • Statistical sampling
    • Quality management methodologies, e.g., Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing

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    What industries does quality assurance apply to?

    • Government agencies
      Government agencies
    • Technology
      Technology
    • Nonprofit
      Nonprofit
    • Finance
      Finance
    • Manufacturing
      Manufacturing
    • Food and beverage
      Food and beverage
    • Healthy and beauty
      Healthy and beauty

    The advantages of quality assurance systems

    Improved Products and Business

    • Quality assurance systems 1
      Innovate with an adaptable quality platform
    • Quality assurance systems 2
      Drive continuous improvement and business growth
    • Quality assurance systems 3
      Deliver exceptional customer experiences to build customer loyalty
    • Quality assurance systems 4
      Leverage your data for a factual approach to decision making
    • Quality assurance systems 5
      Gain greater efficiency by getting things right the first time

    Improved Products and Business

    • Innovate with an adaptable quality platform
    • Drive continuous improvement and business growth
    • Deliver exceptional customer experiences to build customer loyalty
    • Leverage your data for a factual approach to decision making
    • Gain greater efficiency by getting things right the first time
    Improved Products and Business - Quality assurance system Advantages
    Consistency - Quality assurance system Advantages

    Consistency

    • Quality Assurance Consistency 1
      Reduce variability of materials, waste, and rework to cut time and costs
    • Quality Assurance Consistency 2
      Keep quality processes repeatable to increase knowledgeable staff and reduce human error
    • Quality Assurance Consistency 3
      Prevent delays by minimizing disruptions to stay on time and under budget.
    • ISO 9001Quality Assurance Consistency 4
      Improve process control to reduce quality gaps
    • Quality Assurance Consistency 5
      Reduce lead time and increase production yield

    Consistency

    • Reduce variability of materials, waste, and rework to cut time and costs
    • Keep quality processes repeatable to increase knowledgeable staff and reduce human error
    • Prevent delays by minimizing disruptions to stay on time and under budget.
    • Improve process control to reduce quality gaps
    • Reduce lead time and increase production yield

    Effective Compliance

    • Effective Compliance 1
      Ensure quality standards are being met
    • Effective Compliance 2
      Experience total traceability
    • Effective Compliance 3
      Turn insights into action
    • Effective Compliance 4
      Provide historical audit trails to speed compliance
    • Effective Compliance 5
      Become adaptable to changing or emerging market conditions and to environmental and other government regulations.

    Effective Compliance

    • Ensure quality standards are being met
    • Experience total traceability
    • Turn insights into action
    • Provide historical audit trails to speed compliance
    • Become adaptable to changing or emerging market conditions and to environmental and other government regulations.
    Effective Compliance - Quality assurance system Advantages
    Risk Reduction - Quality assurance system Advantages

    Risk Reduction

    • Risk Reduction 1
      Provide visibility for your quality processes, product record, requirements, issues, and related processes
    • Risk Reduction 2
      Enable teams to easily confirm designs, adjust plans, and resolve issues fast
    • Risk Reduction 3
      Quickly find the root cause and speed up resolution
    • Risk Reduction 4
      Reduce the risk of probable quality failure through predictive analysis of data
    • Risk Reduction 5
      Limit damages to profits, reputation, and existing relationships

    Risk Reduction

    • Provide visibility for your quality processes, product record, requirements, issues, and related processes
    • Enable teams to easily confirm designs, adjust plans, and resolve issues fast
    • Quickly find the root cause and speed up resolution
    • Reduce the risk of probable quality failure through predictive analysis of data
    • Limit damages to profits, reputation, and existing relationships

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why should you automate quality assurance?
    ComplianceQuest – A 100% modern cloud Enterprise Quality & Safety Management System (QHSE) meets every requirement for ISO 9001:2015. By automating the entire ISO 9001 Quality Management System requirements, CQ EQMS significantly reduces the effort involved in maintaining ISO 9001:2015 Quality System and improves traceability. Also, it provides a complete view of your organization’s data, enhancing performance and effectiveness of your quality and compliance management processes.
    What are the areas where quality assurance is required?
    With a next-generation platform that combines smart, adaptable, and flexible connected solutions, CQ Quality Management helps the organization meet every quality management goal across the organization, including

    • Quality
    • Manufacturing
    • Engineering
    • Operations
    • Management
    • Suppliers
    What are the regulations and challenges in quality assurance?
    ISO 9001 is the most internationally recognized quality assurance standard. Quality assurance affects different aspects of business, including finance, quality, brand, and time. Providing the advantage of evolving, agile and next generation technology capabilities, CQ Quality Management Software acts as the building block for a ‘Continuously Improving’ quality management process to deliver a high-quality product.

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