Part 5346 - Quality Assurance
Revised: June 2023
Subpart 5346.1 – GENERAL
5346.103 Contracting Office Responsibilities
See MP5346.103 for Department of the Air Force requirements regarding contracting office responsibilities for the Quality Assurance Program.
Subpart 5346.3 – [RESERVED]
5346.311 Higher-Level Contract Quality Requirement.
Agencies shall establish procedures for determining when higher-level contract quality requirements are necessary, for determining the risk (both the likelihood and the impact) of nonconformance, and for advising the contracting officer about which higher-level standards should be applied and included in the solicitation and contract. Requiring compliance with higher-level quality standards is necessary in solicitations and contracts for complex or critical items (see FAR 46.203) or when the technical requirements of the contract require -
(1) Control of such things as design, work operations, in-process controls, testing and inspection; or
(2) Attention to such factors as organization, planning, work instructions, documentation control, and advanced metrology,
(a) The Contractor shall comply with the higher-level quality standard(s) listed below.
___________________________[Contracting Officer shall insert the title, number (if any), date, and tailoring (if any) of the higher-level quality standards.]
(b) The Contractor shall include applicable requirements of the higher-level quality standard(s) listed in paragraph (a) of this clause and the requirement to flow down such standards, as applicable, to lower-tier subcontracts, in-
(1) Any subcontract for critical and complex items (see FAR 46.203(b) and (c)); or
(2) When the technical requirements of a subcontract require-
(i) Control of such things as design, work operations, in-process control, testing, and inspection; or
(ii) Attention to such factors as organization, planning, work instructions, documentation control, and advanced metrology.
(c) See FAR 46.311