What is a Nonconformance System?
Nonconformances, or nonconforming materials/reporting, is a process by which companies look at the process of identifying quality events in production, usually around product defects. The nonconformance process involves tracking when there is a product nonconformity, and assessing how to handling that product. Typically, nonconformance systems seek to:
- identify the nature of the defect
- determine if there are any planned deviations, or deviations that can be issued
- take action on whether to scrap, rework, or recycle the defect nonconformance systems, which are often followed and linked to Corrective Action systems to investigate and mitigate defects in the product as a systemic issue
With nonconformance management software, you will be able to manage all steps in the nonconformance process. Users can generate corrective actions and other workflows that link right to the original nonconformance.
Non Conformance Management Process
The non conformance management process, also known as NonConforming Material Reporting (NCMR), is designed to not only manage any nonconformities within production, but also manage the review and disposition of any materials that do not conform to normal specifications. Any time there is a group of products that does not conform to the specification, companies need to take action.
EtQ's Reliance nonconforming materials module helps companies record nonconforming materials, and links these nonconformances to actions. In many cases, companies will often generate a deviation which will allow for a pre-determined deviation from the specification. Depending on the nature of the nonconformance, there may be a need to generate a corrective action to investigate the issue. The nonconformance management process is designed to integrate with the corrective action process, inheriting critical information related to the nonconformance, and take action to discover the disposition. For companies that require regulatory oversight, having a well-defined non-conformance management process is a critical component to maintaining compliance. With the level of visibility EtQ Reliance provides within the platform, users are able to not only build a history of nonconformities, but also demonstrate compliance to regulatory standards in effectively taking corrective action on critical nonconformances, or issuing acceptable planned deviations on the specification.