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NPR 8735.2C
Effective Date: March 12, 2021
Expiration Date: March 12, 2026

Subject: Hardware Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Programs and Projects (Updated w/Change 1)

Responsible Office: Office of Safety and Mission Assurance

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Table of Contents

Change History


P.1 Purpose
P.2 Applicability
P.3 Authority
P.4 Applicable Documents and Forms
P.5 Measurement/Verification
P.6 Cancellation

Chapter 1. Overview

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Document Procedure
1.3 Tailoring

Chapter 2. Roles and Responsibilities

2.1 Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance
2.2 NASA Center Director
2.3 NASA Center SMA Director
2.4 NASA Program or Project Manager

Chapter 3. NASA Center Quality Management Systems

3.1 General

Chapter 4. Program and Project Quality Management for Mission Hardware Production

4.1 Quality Engineering (QE) and Quality Assurance (QA) Planning
4.2 Technical Standards
4.3 Design Considerations
4.4 Production Readiness
4.5 Production: Quality Assurance of Processes and Hardware
4.6 Integration and Test (I&T)
4.7 Launch and Mission Initiation Operations

Chapter 5. Supply Chain Risk Management for Mission Acquisition Items

5.1 Requirements Flow Down
5.2 Minimum Quality Management System (QMS) Requirements for External Suppliers
5.3 Counterfeit Avoidance System
5.4 Procuring "Covered Articles"
5.5 Supplier Audits and Assessments
5.6 Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) and NASA Advisory Risk Screening
5.7 Government Contract Quality Assurance (GCQA): Surveillance and Government Mandatory Inspection Points (GMIPs)
5.8 Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) References for Government Acceptance of Product

Chapter 6. Management of Quality Risks

6.1 Risk Management
6.2 Manufacturability of Non-Standard Designs
6.3 Managing Quality Nonconformances
6.4 Quality Assurance Program Stability
6.5 Supplier Process Changes

Chapter 7. Government Contract Administration - Quality Functions

7.1 Overview of Contract Administration Quality Functions
7.2 Performing Contract Administration Quality Functions
7.3 Delegation of Government Contract Quality Assurance (GCQA) Functions to Non-NASA Federal Agencies

Chapter 8. Protocols and Requirements for Delegating Quality Assurance Contract Administration Functions to Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)

8.1 Delegating Quality Assurance (QA) Contract Administration to DCMA
8.2 Letter of Delegation (LOD) Development and Initial Delivery
8.3 Yearly LOD Technical and Programmatic Review
8.4 Updating LOD or a LOD's Budget within a Fiscal Year
8.5 Executing a DCMA (LOD)

Appendix A. Definitions
Appendix B. Acronyms
Appendix C. Considerations for Procurements of Critical Items
Appendix D. Suggested Criteria for Supplier Records and Data Delivery Requirements
Appendix E. Recommended Materials Review Board (MRB) Process Elements and Controls
Appendix F. Recommended Life-Cycle Review (LCR) Criteria and Deliverables for Project Quality Assurance Programs
Appendix G. References


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