DoD Handbook- Companion Document to MIL-STD-1916

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4.2 Prevention-based quality system.
Most organizations provide a product or service intended to satisfy a user's needs or requirements. Such requirements are often incorporated in some type of specification. However, meeting technical specifications alone may not guarantee that a customer's requirements will be consistently met. This has led to the development of quality system standards and guidelines that complement relevant product or services requirements given in the technical specifications.

The ISO 9000 series of standards (and their U.S. equivalents, the ANSI/ASQC Q9000 standards) specify a set of requirements aimed primarily at achieving customer satisfaction through the establishment of a documented quality system. The intent is to prevent nonconformities at all stages from design to servicing (see paragraph 5.1.2 of MIL-STD-1916). With the international affiliation of the standards, organizations in all parts of the world can be assured that a supplier complying with the appropriate ISO 9000 standard has the framework for an acceptable quality system.

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1.1 Purpose.
The purpose of this handbook is to:

a. Provide guidance on using MIL-STD-1916 to improve industrial practices through statistical process control and other continuous improvement techniques.
b. Furnish an understanding of how the sampling inspection plans work and how they can be replaced by alternate acceptance methods.

1.2 Applicability.
This handbook is for guidance only. This handbook cannot be cited as a requirement. If it is, the contractor does not have to comply. Please note that in MIL-STD-1916 and this Handbook the following word pairs are used synonymously:
a. contractor, supplier
b. subcontractor, vendor
c. customer, government

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