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- Quality Management in Engineering Simulation - A Primer for NAFEMS QSS
- Engineering Simulation – Quality Management Systems – Requirements
The purpose of this Primer is to explain and elaborate on the requirements of NAFEMS QSS 001:2007 , which is a supplement to quality standard ISO 9001:2000  specialised for applications in engineering simulation. It is intended that the Primer is not industry or application specific.The Primer can be used to assist organisations in developing and implementing a quality management system, or in adapting to, or integrating with, an existing quality system. With the aid of the Primer, an organisation should be able to develop a quality management system either for internal application or for self- or third-party certification, as required, without undue reference to either ISO 9001 or QSS 001. For the purposes of clarity and completeness, the guidance given in this Primer exceeds the requirements stated in the ISO standard and the QSS.
The Primer begins with a brief overview of the engineering simulation process in Chapter 1, and proceeds in Chapter 2 to address various aspects of quality management including standards, systems and certification. Quality management principles, project processes and procedures are discussed in Chapter 3. From Chapter 4 onwards, the structure of the Primer aligns with the clauses of ISO 9001 and QSS 001 in order to support their interpretation and application.
The clauses of QSS 001 are included in the text at appropriate locations, where they are indented and italicised. All references given in these sections refer to QSS 001.
Appendices A to C relate to QSS 001 and refer to simulation categories of importance, personnel competence, and QSS terms and definitions. ISO 9000 terms and definitions are presented in Appendix D.
Minor amendments to the QSS, documented on QSS Errata 01/07/08, were incorporated in the relevant sections of this Primer.
First Published - January 2009
Hardback, A5, 161 Pages
All the requirements of QSS 001 are intended to be applicable to all organisations employing computational methods in engineering simulation, regardless of their type and size. Where any requirements of QSS 001 cannot be applied due to the nature or scope of the organisation, these can be considered for exclusion. Where exclusions are made, claims of conformity to QSS 001 are not acceptable unless these exclusions are limited to the requirements in section 7, and such exclusions do not affect the organisation's ability, or responsibility, to provide simulations that meet customer and applicable regulatory requirements.
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