4. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
4.1 Acceptance by contractor-proposed provisions.
a. This standard, when referenced in the contract or product specifications, requires the contractor to perform sampling inspection in accordance with paragraph 4.2 and the product specification. However, it is recognized that sampling inspection alone does not control or improve quality. Product quality comes from proper product and process design and process control activities. When such activities are effective, sampling inspection is a redundant effort and an unnecessary cost. Contractors that have an acceptable quality system and proven process controls on specific processes are encouraged to consider submitting alternate acceptance methods for one or more contractually specified characteristics. In addition, contractors that have a successful quality system and a history of successful process controls relevant to the products/services being procured in this contract, are encouraged to consider submitting a systemic alternate acceptance method for all the contractual sampling inspection requirements associated with paragraph 4.2.
Replaced/Superseded by document(s)
|MIL STD- Preferred Methods for Acceptance of Product.pdf
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.
This standard, when referenced in the contract, specification, or purchase order, is applicable to the prime contractor, and should be extended to subcontractors or vendor facilities. The quality plans are to be applied as specified in the contract documents, and deliverables may be submitted for acceptance if the requirements of this standard have been met.