Handling of Obsolete Material Work Instruction

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theGrod

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We need to create a work instruction for handling obsolete material, differentiating it from nonconforming product. Does anyone have a good example of how you do this? I have always addressed this under nonconforming. :bigwave:
 
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Re: Handling of Obsolete Material Instruction

We need to create a work instruction for handling obsolete material, differentiating it from nonconforming product. Does anyone have a good example of how you do this? I have always addressed this under nonconforming. :bigwave:
Obsolete vs. nonconforming from a QA perspective is often the same thing... but it might be different for your accountants.

If I was instructed to make a different work instruction for each I would essentially make them similar processes, the only differences really being they go to different quarantine areas and maybe have a different color sticker. And your obsolete material might have a re-test process associated with it.

I can see the purpose of this if, through testing, you can prove that the obsolete material still has some life.
 
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PaulJSmith

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Re: Handling of Obsolete Material Instruction

Obsolete and Non-Conforming are not necessarily the same thing. If you're holding the obsolete material to the current standard, then it may very well be. However, it was likely conforming to the standard as it existed when it was being used. It may be useful for service of product or the occassional order for an obsolete product, if you do that.

Bottom line, if it met your requirements until your requirements changed, it's not really Non-Conforming. It's just Obsolete. I would treat the two separately (and we do at our company).
 
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