We are a small contract manufacturer of orthopedic implants. Currently, we open a nonconformance for any defective product. Unfortunately, this is flooding the QMS with an unmanageable number of nonconformances. Many of these nonconformances are the setup part used to setup the mill. The operators detect these issues immediately and know the parts will be scrapped. The scrap is recorded in the ERP with a cause coding, so we are able to trend scrap rates for future quality improvement. I believe I have seen companies provide the operators with the discretion to scrap units like this on the production floor without issuing a nonconformity. I would like to do something similar, because I believe the large number of nonconformities poses an unnecessary compliance risk. I'm not trying to hide any issues, but just develop a nonconformity process that is effective. Long term, I want to improve quality and reduce scrap rates. However, I need to deal with the present issue. Does anyone know if providing discretion to the operators to scrap individual units without a nonconformity would pose an issue for FDA or other regulatory agencies? Thanks for your help.