The Human Factor in Nonconformance Management: Why Culture, Training, and Communication Matter in Managing Nonconformances

Whitepaper | July, 2023

The journey of a product or service begins with deciding the specifications once the design concept has been set. The specifications give direction to the subsequent processes, ensuring quality, performance, and meeting objectives.

When the specified requirements are not met, it leads to nonconformity. In most cases, nonconformance happens because there is a lack of a well-designed nonconformance management system – which is a key part of any quality management system (QMS). Nonconformance results in rework, wastage, and scrap, adding to costs, delays, and decreased productivity. Repeated failures can lead to noncompliance and the associated challenges of recalls and penalties.

Businesses need a clear quality policy and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to identify, correct, and prevent nonconformances. The policy and SOPs need to be communicated to the relevant stakeholders and best practices implemented. The best practices, when implemented well, can help businesses reduce nonconformance and the associated risks.

To be able to catch recurrences in nonconformances (NCs) and prevent issues down the line, businesses need access to data and transparency. By digitizing the workflow, quality leaders can leverage data to understand the root causes of NCs, identify trends, and implement effective preventive measures. Capturing and analyzing relevant data enables organizations to draw valuable insights into the underlying factors contributing to NCs, take informed decisions, and proactively mitigate risks.

In this whitepaper, we discuss the following:

  • Understanding nonconformance
  • Identification, correction, and prevention
  • Common causes
  • Culture, training, and communication: the human factor
  • Improve access to data and visibility into processes
  • Building capabilities with ComplianceQuest Nonconformance Software

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