MIL-STD-1916 › DOD Preferred Methods for Acceptance of Product
Included in this current edition are the following subparts:
REACTIVATION NOTICE 2 - June 5, 2014
1.1 Scope. The purpose of this standard is to encourage defense contractors and other commercial organizations supplying goods and services to the U.S. Government to submit efficient and effective process control (prevention) procedures in place of prescribed sampling requirements. The goal is to support the movement away from an AQL-based inspection (detection) strategy to implementation of an effective prevention-based strategy including a comprehensive quality system, continuous improvement and a partnership with the Government.
The underlying theme is a partnership between DoD and the defense supplier, with the requisite competence of both parties, and a clear mutual benefit from processes capable of consistently high quality products and services. The objective is to create an atmosphere where every noncompliance is an opportunity for corrective action and improvement rather than one where acceptable quality levels are the contractually sufficient goals.
There is an evolving industrial product quality philosophy that recognizes the need for quality policy changes that will provide defense contractors with opportunities and incentives toward improvement of product quality and cooperative relationships between the contractor and the Government.
This standard provides a methodology for the DoD to encourage industry innovation and provide flexibility to achieve the benefits of continuous improvement. And, as in so many other industries, quality - an essential part of accepting contract deliverables - is being redefined from a prescriptive process to a process based schema.
A far cry from the old days of DCASMA and MIL-Q-9858!
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