Definition Inspect, Review, Verify and Witness - What are the definitions and differences?

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HBeast33

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I am filling out a Quality Plan using a customer's documents. They have asked me to identify our processes as they interact with Quality and indicate if they required inspection, review, verification or witness points. I am having a difficult time determining which to use and if they are mutually excusive. To me inspection is when QA performs an inspection of the goods. Review is when a qualified person inspects the goods and QA reviews the paper work and signs off. Verification is when someone who is qualified does the inspection and QA performs limited inspection and signs off on the entire process. Witness is when a qualified person does the inspection while QA is present, and then QA signs off.

Does anyone else have an opinion on this? Are these terms fully defined somewhere? Any help is greatly appreciated.
 
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Re: What is in a name? Inspect Review Verify Witness

Not knowing your customer, I can only guess. I have seen cases where a company will try to spell somthing out in as many ways as it can, to ensure all bases are covered. It is also possible that your customer has specific definitions for each thing.
 
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Polly Pure Bread

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Re: What is in a name? Inspect Review Verify Witness

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it doesn’t mean it’s a duck. Inspection, review, verification or witness has slight distinct purposes.
 
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SpongeMouse

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Re: What is in a name? Inspect, Review, Verify and Witness

I am filling out a Quality Plan using a customer's documents. They have asked me to identify our processes as they interact with Quality and indicate if they required inspection, review, verification or witness points. I am having a difficult time determining which to use and if they are mutually excusive. To me inspection is when QA performs an inspection of the goods. Review is when a qualified person inspects the goods and QA reviews the paper work and signs off. Verification is when someone who is qualified does the inspection and QA performs limited inspection and signs off on the entire process. Witness is when a qualified person does the inspection while QA is present, and then QA signs off.

Does anyone else have an opinion on this? Are these terms fully defined somewhere? Any help is greatly appreciated.
if the statment is as indicated above (see word in BOLD), this is just an option. meaning, additional information on the witness of inspections is not required.

assuming that it is not, there are companies that usually "overkill" some descriptions and procedure, you can ask them what exactly is the purpose in order for you to me more specific. (and maybe later on, they would realize that they can simplify those things :bonk:)

:notme:
 
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Chennaiite

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.... inspection, review, verification or witness points. I am having a difficult time ......
Does anyone else have an opinion on this? Are these terms fully defined somewhere? Any help is greatly appreciated.
HBeast,

If it is possible for you, I suggest you to seek explanation from the Customer, per se.
Thanks.
 
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HBeast33

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I solved the problem by defining each of the meanings in the procedure. The requirement from the customer indicates these are distinct definitions and any or all can be performed. This is for NQA-1, which is very similar in writing to ISO, but very different in practice. Where ISO allows a degree of self interpretation to make the system fit the company NQA-1 does not. If it is in the requirement it better be in the procedure/manual.
 
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