Original Date: 04/20/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Product Assurance Requirements Definition
Product Assurance Requirements Definition (PARD) is a process which documents supplier quality requirements as detailed by specifications, internal procedures, and the contract. PARD also works as an agreement between Quality Engineering; Procurement; Purchased Material Inspection (PMI); and Supplier Support and Development (SSD). Previously, supplier quality requirements were arbitrarily determined by Quality Engineering. This informal method had minimal documentation and poor communication between Quality Engineering and Procurement. ITT Aerospace/Communications Division (A/CD) needed to eliminate its inconsistencies in assigning supplier quality requirements, and establish up-front agreements to identify these requirements.
ITT A/CD organized PARD into two sections. The first section provides inspection information such as critical parameters, sampling plan, source inspection, first piece requirements, and special test requirements. The second section identifies quality and/or manufacturing information to be conveyed to the supplier. Quality Engineering, Procurement, PMI, and SSD now work together on defining requirements, and each has specified responsibilities. Quality Engineering generates the specific project PARD; coordinates the review with the other functions; and controls the revision and distribution of PARD. Procurement, PMI, and SSD review PARD, work to resolve issues, ensure compliance to the requirements, and notify the supplier of the requirements.
PARD provides ITT A/CD with a formal process to review contract and internal requirements; identify inspection requirements; classify supplier requirements by program, commodity, or individual part; route information for review; and distribute final documentation once approved. Additional benefits include consistent application of requirements for each commodity; shorter intervals between the creation of requisitions to the release of purchase orders; and up-front agreements on requirements that are understood by all internal organizations. PARD enables ITT A/CD to be more efficient in its procurement process.
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