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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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Failure mode effects analysis (FMEA) - A technique for identifying potential failure modes and assessing existing and planned provisions to detect, contain or eliminate the occurrence of failure. For an application of FMEA to process design  see Converting a QMS using the Process Approach

Final inspection and testing - The last inspection or test carried out by the supplier before ownership passes to the customer

Finding - Information revealed from an examination of documentation, items or activities

Finite element analysis - A technique for modelling a complex structure

First in first out (FIFO) - A term used to describe a method of inventory control where the items are issued for use based on the date they were recorded in the inventory

First party audits - Audits of a company or parts thereof by personnel employed by the company. These audits are also called Internal Audits

Follow-up audit - An audit carried out following and as a direct consequence of a previous audit to determine whether agreed actions have been taken and are effective

Force majeure - An event, circumstance or effect that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled

Functions - In the organizational sense, a function is a special or major activity (often unique in the organization) that is needed in order for the organization to fulfil its purpose and mission. Examples of functions are design, procurement, personnel, manufacture, marketing, maintenance etc


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