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Procedural
Requirements
NPR 7120.10
Effective Date: April 22, 2011
Expiration Date: April 22, 2016
COMPLIANCE IS MANDATORY
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(NASA Only)

Subject: Technical Standards for NASA Programs and Projects

Responsible Office: Office of the Chief Engineer


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Chapter 4. Development of Technical Standards

4.1 NASA Participation in Standards Development with Voluntary Consensus Standards Bodies and Other Government Agencies

4.1.1 NASA Headquarters offices shall determine, when a need is identified, if a voluntary consensus standard or other Government agency standards exists or is in development that meets or can be adapted to meet NASA's needs.

4.1.2 NASA Headquarters offices, Center Directors, or designees shall endorse participation of their employees in the development of voluntary consensus standards and other Government agency standards in areas where participation is in the public interest and is compatible with NASA's mission, authorities, and budget resources.

4.2 Development of NASA Technical Standards

4.2.1 Criteria for development of NASA Technical Standards.

4.2.1.1 NASA Headquarters offices that produce NASA technical standards shall approve development of new NASA technical standards when warranted and the following criteria are met:

a. Search for and evaluation of similar technical standards have determined that established voluntary consensus standards or other Government agency technical standards do not exist, are not in development, or cannot be adapted (tailored) to meet NASA's technical needs;

b. All basic research and testing have been completed to promote development of the NASA technical standards within a 12-month timeframe and within allocated budget unless an extension and/or additional budget are approved by the NASA Headquarters office producing the NASA technical standards;

c. A NASA technical standards is necessary to establish an Agencywide practices and processes that have been identified, such as problem areas or areas contributing to past incidents, near misses, failures, or reduced mission capability;

d. A NASA technical standards is necessary to capture NASA-unique best practices, needs, and lessons learned; and

e. The proposed NASA technical standards will be used by multiple NASA Centers and/or multiple programs/projects that perform the specific technical discipline.

4.2.2 Agencywide review of NASA technical standards.

4.2.2.1 NASA Headquarters offices shall conduct Agency-wide technical reviews for adequacy and accuracy of each proposed document.

4.2.3 Disposition of comments to NASA technical standards.

4.2.3.1 NASA Headquarters offices shall document and disposition all comments received from reviewers and provide the dispositions to all reviewers.

4.2.3.2 NASA Headquarters offices shall ensure that unresolved comments relative to NASA technical standards are appealed to the next higher level of authority, leading up to the responsible NASA Headquarters office in accordance with the process for handling dissenting opinions in NPR 7120.5.

4.2.4 Process for maintaining and developing NASA technical standards.

4.2.4.1 NASA Headquarters offices, or designees, shall:

a. Review their NASA technical standards and document the results at least once every five years for relevancy, currency, technical accuracy and adequacy, conflict with or duplication of other requirements, changes in scope, and feasibility of replacing the existing NASA technical standards with, or converting it to, a voluntary consensus standard and cancelling the NASA technical standards.

b. Establish, document, and implement a process to control revalidation, revisions, and cancellation of NASA technical standards.

Note: Configuration management of NASA technical standards is applied in this process.

c. Maintain NASA technical standards in accordance with NPR 1441.1, NASA Records Retention Schedules.

4.2.4.2 NASA technical standards development for engineering shall follow the direction provided by the NASA Chief Engineer.

Note: The current directions for engineering standards are provided at https://standards.nasa.gov/documents/DetailedDevProcess2011-03-14.pdf

Note: Other NASA Headquarters offices, with the exception of the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, and the Chief Health and Medical Officer, may utilize the process specified in paragraph 4.2.4.2.

4.2.4.3 NASA technical standards development for safety and mission assurance shall follow the direction provided by the NASA Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance.

Note: The current directions for safety and mission assurance standards are provided at http://nodis3.gsfc.nasa.gov/HQDQMS_Docs/QMS/HQ_OWI_1410_GD000_001_D_.pdf

4.2.4.4 NASA technical standards development for health and medical shall follow the direction provided by the NASA Chief Health and Medical Officer.

Note: The current directions for health and medical standards are provided at http://nodis3.gsfc.nasa.gov/displayDir.cfm?t=NPR&c=8900&s=1A

4.2.4.5 NASA technical standards development for information technology shall follow the direction provided by the NASA Chief Information Officer.

Note: The current directions for information technology standards are provided at http://nodis3.gsfc.nasa.gov/displayDir.cfm?t=NPD&c=2800&s=1

4.3 Designation of NASA-Endorsed Technical Standards

4.3.1 NASA Headquarters offices shall identify and approve technical standards, as NASA-endorsed technical standards based on the following criteria:

a. The technical standard is approved in accordance with a documented, approved process and is reviewed and updated on a periodic basis;

b. The technical standard addresses common, high-level functions that need to be addressed by projects across or within a given program or elements across or within a given project;

Note: Applicability of NASA-endorsed technical standards may be specified by the NASA Headquarters offices.

c. The technical standard uses best engineering practices representative of the most current proven technology;

d. The technical standard is widely accepted by discipline experts from industry, military, academia, and NASA to ensure proven, consistent, common practices in the discipline area are applied.

4.3.1.1 NASA-endorsed technical standards do not include program- or project-specific or Center documents, laboratory procedures or processes, or procurement specifications.

Note: The list of NASA-endorsed technical standards which reside at https://standards.nasa.gov will be updated as necessary using the above criteria.

4.3.2 Technical standards whose use is required by a higher-level document (e.g., NPD, NPR, other required NASA-generated technical standards (not a voluntary consensus standard), or by Federal law/regulation/statute) by the use of a "shall" requirement (or equivalent requirement designation) will be designated as "NASA-endorsed, mandatory standards."



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