Mapping starts at the top with the QA Systems Manual. This may be a sector manual or it may be a local manual.
Validation - When you map documents, you ‘verify’ links between documents (where one document cites another within it). The first thing to verify is that the cited document exists.
A second aspect of mapping is to verify that the content of the citation is relative. This is to say that the links should ‘make sense’. If a citation in one document says something like “The audit will be performed in accordance with procedure ABC-1234” and procedure ABC-1234 is titled ‘Calibration of Pressure Gages’, it is evident that the link is NOT Valid! It does not make sense!
After verifying that the linked document both exists and that the links are ‘relative’ and make sense, the document is mapped to the matrix relative to the mapping project. In our case the matrix is QS 9000 line items against the document ‘class’.