A First Article Inspection Report ISO FAI Template may be required on some items (e.g., new parts, part revisions). If the company requires an First Article Inspection report of the vendor, the Quality Assurance Manager should verify that it addresses the company’s requirements, using QP1210-2 FIRST ARTICLE INSPECTION REPORT for guidance. If multiple part numbers are included in a shipment, each part will be segregated and handled (e.g., inspected, put into stock) according to applicable requirements.
A First Article Inspection is defined as the process monitoring of key characteristics to ensure that parts can be manufactured continually, inexpensively, in compliance with specifications, and with minimum variation. The Quality Assurance Manager should periodically pull samples of incoming parts, components, materials, etc., to verify that the items conform to requirements and validate vendors’ test reports and certifications. The Quality Assurance Manager should report to Top Management on Receiving-Inspection activity on an as-needed basis and/or at Management Review meetings.
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