Once a measuring instrument is purchased and successfully installed in an ISO 9001 or AS 9100 certified organization, the responsible staff member might consider his job done. However, to satisfy ISO/AS requirements for control, measuring equipment used for product and process verification requires attention throughout its lifespan.
This article discusses what needs to be done, and how to do it thoroughly, but cost-effectively.
The equipment user must manage his risk of making incorrect measurements (“control”). As zero risk is impossible (risk management = “tolerable” risk), he must also be able to assess the impact when measuring equipment is found to have drifted outside required limits. As in all quality management systems (QMS), record-keeping is essential.
The equipment user must decide the interval between calibrations or verifications, taking into account regulations, conditions of use, advice from measurement experts, etc.
Download our ready-to-use Calibration Procedure and Tracker Templates. This compressed file contains the procedure, calibration tracker with formulas to trigger calibration activities as well as a calibration extension form.
These documents are meeting AS/ISO requirements and will require a little adjustment to be adapted to your organization’s QMS. Support can be provided by email after purchase.
For further resources related to AS9100 Rev D or ISO9001:2015 implementation, refer to the below posts: