Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Quality Assurance

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2888

Definition

 Quality assurance (QA) is defined as part of  quality management that is directed to assure demands on reaching quality. QA covers all activities from design, development, production, installation, servicing to documentation. It introduced the saying “fit for purpose and do it right the first time.” It includes the regulation of the quality of raw materials, assemblies, products and components; services related to production; and management, production, and inspection processes. The term of quality assurance is an important term and is used for comparing the reality (instantaneous value) and the must have value of a measurement.

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