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Within this glossary we define nearly 300 terms used in quality management. Some are taken from international standards, others are commonly understood English definitions and most we have derived from experience . Use the search engine in the header to search for the term you are looking for or simply click on the appropriate letter below.

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Data - Information that is organized in a form suitable for manual or computer analysis

Define and document - To state in written form, the precise meaning, nature or characteristics of something

Demonstrate - To prove by reasoning, objective evidence, experiment or practical application

Department - A unit of an organization that may perform one or more functions. Units of organization regardless of their names are also referred to as functions (see Functions)

Design - A process of originating a conceptual solution to a requirement and expressing it in a form from which a product may be produced or a service delivered

Design and Development - Design creates the conceptual solution and development transforms the solution into a fully working model

Design of experiments - A technique for improving the quality of both processes and products by effectively investigating several sources of variation at the same time using statistically planned experiments

Design review - A formal documented and systematic critical study of a design by people other than the designer. For more on design review see Quality System Handbook

Desk top audit - A documentation audit performed at a desk with the organisationís quality system documentation

Disposition - The act or manner of disposing of something

Documentation audit - An audit carried out to determine whether an organisationís documented quality system makes adequate provision for meeting the requirements of a given standard (see also Adequacy Audit or desk top audit). For more on auditing see Auditor Questions

Document control - Measures taken to regulate the preparation, review, approval, release, distribution, access, storage, security, alteration, change, withdrawal or disposal of documents. Document control procedures do not necessarily need to cover every one of these factors. For more on document control see Quality System Handbook

Documented procedures - Procedures that are formally laid down in a reproducible medium such as paper or magnetic disk.

 

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