188.8.131.52 Establishing Vendor
Capability and Program Reviews
The most direct method of determining a vendor capability is to
review past performance. If this data is not
available or is incomplete, a facility survey should be performed.
Program reviews should be conducted on a continuous basis for
the life of the contract. It is essential to develop a free exchange of
information and data so that the prime contractor has maximum program
visibility into a vendorís process methods and performance. These reviews
verify that the manufacturing process is under control, and that: workmanship,
personnel certification training, and testing, as defined in the equipment
specification and QA manual, is being implemented correctly.
Failure report data from production tests (Burn-in, ESS, PRAT,
etc.) received from a vendor or as a result of in-house testing should be
reviewed for failure trends and possible corrective