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Old 12th January 2018, 12:56 PM
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Re: ISO 9001 2015 Documentation for Engineering and Design

Hi Chris,

I understand your confusion. Many documents such as you describe do not fit into the classic descriptions. Drawings, for example, provide evidence of your design (could be records) but they also provide instruction to installation crews (could be work instructions).

Fortunately, the standard does not restrict your documents to the "pyramid" that you mention. Section requires the QMS to include "documented information determined by the organization as being necessary for the effectiveness of the quality management system". ISO 9000 defines documented information as that created in order for the organization to operate, as well as to provide evidence of results achieved (records). So you are free to have "technical descriptions", "technical guidelines", "Mathematical calculations", "Drawings", "work orders", etc.

In our QMS wiki we have a forum for "Technical Notes" where we keep documents like internal descriptions and guidelines that our engineers regularly consult even though they are not part of any particular work instruction. We also have different forums for each project, where we keep the calculations, design reports and drawings for that project. The information is then used where required without worrying too much about what the document category is.

Hope this helps!
Thanks to Pancho for your informative Post and/or Attachment!

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