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quality assurance

[′kwäl·əd·ē ə′shu̇r·əns]
(industrial engineering)
A series of planned or systematic actions required to provide adequate confidence that a product or service will satisfy given needs.

Quality assurance

The system for assuring that the contract’s technical requirements are met by the contractor. Also the management of quality at all stages in the manufacture of a product and delivery of services, as standardized internationally by ISO 9000.

quality assurance

The inspection, testing, and other relevant actions taken (often by an owner or his representative) to ensure that the desired level of quality is in accordance with the applicable standards or specifications for the product or work.

quality assurance

(testing)
(QA) A planned and systematic pattern of all actions necessary to provide adequate confidence that the product optimally fulfils customers' expectations, i.e. that it is problem-free and well able to perform the task it was designed for.

The QA of a commercial product usually involves alpha testing, where an early version of the product is tested at the developer's site, and is then improved accordingly. Then, an almost complete version of the product is made available for beta testing by (selected) real users. Faults identified during beta testing should be fixed before the product is released for full scale manufacturing and distribution.
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