Quality control (QC) is a process through which a business seeks to ensure that product quality is maintained or improved. Quality control requires the business to create an environment in which both management and employees strive for perfection.
- Quality control is a process that is used to ensure a certain level of quality in a product or service.
- It might include whatever actions a business deems necessary to provide for the control and verification of certain characteristics of a product or service.
- Most often, it involves thoroughly examining and testing the quality of products or the results of services.
- The basic goal of this process is to ensure that the products or services that are provided meet specific requirements and characteristics, such as being dependable, satisfactory, safe and fiscally sound.
Inbound / Purchase QC
Quality is an important part of the supply chain. Before any part or raw material is used in a manufacturer of a finished good that will be delivered to a customer, it is the responsibility of the purchasing department to ensure that the materials that arrive are of the correct quality specification.
When the purchasing department is looking at the procurement of materials from suppliers, they will have been given some guidance by the quality department. Such as:
- Physical Description:- The purchasing department must know the physical attributes of the part they are required to source.
- Dimensional Measurements:- This is very important for sourced materials that are used in the chemical process. The quality department should give the purchasing team a detailed list of chemical specifications of the required material.
- Chemical Composition:- For a item to be used in the manufacturer of a machine the part must conform to certain dimensional specifications.
- Performance Specifications:- If a item is required to withstand certain forces or perform in a particular manner, the purchasing department must find a supplier that can achieve those specifications.
- Industrial Standards:- Some items required for the production of finished goods must conform to certain industry standards. By having an item that conforms to a particular industry standard, the customer will have a level of confidence in the product.
In-Process / Production QC
In-process quality control tests are simply routine checks that are performed during production. In-process quality control may be performed at regular intervals during a process step (e.g. tableting or encapsulation) or at the end of a process step (e.g. granulation, blending). The tests allow the formulation scientist to identify and follow all changes that may occur during applied technological procedures. It gives the formulation scientist security that the finished products fulfil all quality requirements, most of all that all the products should be safe for the patients.
Objectives of In-Process Quality Control
- To optimize the technological procedure used in manufacturing process.
- To monitor, control and improve effectively the whole applied operations at every stage of the finished products.
- Inspection of raw material, equipment, environment, process, testing with respect to specification, packing, etc.
- Quality and process control.
Quality control and inspection plays a major role in the Vaccine production and the testing may take more than 2,3 months after production is completed. Hence the production batches are stored in cold environment till the testing is completed and passed the Quality Inspection.
The inspection is may take 2 to 3 months to get results. In case of adverse results, the whole batch is rejected and disposed off. There is no possibility of rework to correct a production lot. The production flow is as follows and can vary with the type of the product.
- Inventory quality control tests are routine checks that are performed on items stored in inventory at regular intervals.
- The tests allow the formulation scientist to identify and follow all changes that may occur during applied technological procedures. It gives the formulation scientist security that the finished products fulfil all quality requirements, most of all that all the products should be safe for the patients.
Advantages of Quality Control
- No external software or database required for quality management.
- No redundant data in the company.
- Complete integration of quality assurance in the processes of Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
- Simple and intuitive operation on familiar Microsoft interface.
- Future-proof quality management solution through guaranteed further development.
- Immediate utilization of the test results in Microsoft Dynamics NAV.