Quality Assurance Collection
- 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:2008, 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.
ISO 9001:2008 is a quality standard which specifies generic requirements for a quality management system that can be used by organizations for certification or contractual purposes, or for uncertified internal application. It focuses on increasing the effectiveness of the organization in meeting its customer’s requirements.
ISO 9001 and NAFEMS QSS together contain the basic requirements that engineering simulation organizations need to meet if they wish to demonstrate that they operate a quality management system and are able to consistently generate technically valid results.
Proper application of NAFEMS QSS will ensure that quality principles are built into the simulation process at a fundamental level, facilitating evaluation and control of quality at every stage of the simulation process and enabling engineering simulation to be consistently carried out to the required professional standards.
NAFEMS QSS can be used by internal and external parties, including certification bodies, to assess the organization’s ability to meet customer, regulatory and its own requirements.
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