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Qualitly Assurance and Quality Control

1. What are the key differences between quality assurance and quality control?

2. What is a novation agreement and explain how it would be used?

3. So often we have heard of contractors bidding low to get the contract only to inundate the Government with modifications to make more dollars? Once a contract is awarded and during performance what can be changed?

4. What is a cardinal change and how does it work?

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1. What are the key differences between quality assurance and quality control?

Often used interchangeably, many fail to recognize the fact that quality assurance and quality control are very different in their own right. Quality assurance, according to http://www.totalqualityassuranceservices.com is based on process approach by ensuring that processes and systems are not defective and that good and services will not need to be reworked. Quality control, however, is based on product based approach in that it examines whether or not deliverables satisfy quality requirements specified by the customer (http://www.totalqualityassuranceservices.com). If deliverables are not in accordance to the requirements by the client, then corrective action is taken by quality control personnel (http://www.totalqualityassuranceservices.com).

Additionally, quality assurance is conducted prior to starting a project, whereas quality control commences when the product is manufactured based on specifications set by the customer, therefore quality assurance is a preventative process to avoid defects and quality control is a corrective process (http://www.totalqualityassuranceservices.com).
http://www.totalqualityassuranceservices.com found that activities falling under the purview of quality assurance are performed by managers, customers, and third party auditors. These activities include process documentation, establishing standards, developing checklists, ...

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Often used interchangeably, many fail to recognize the fact that quality assurance and quality control are very different in their own right. Quality assurance, according to http://www.totalqualityassuranceservices.com is based on process approach by ensuring that processes and systems are not defective and that good and services will not need to be reworked. Quality control, however, is based on product based approach in that it examines whether or not deliverables satisfy quality requirements specified by the customer (http://www.totalqualityassuranceservices.com).

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