E4: When Standards Collide - Auditing for Project Success - Benjamin Trujillo – (Intermediate)

 A nuclear design and construction project relies on many participants, each with a unique culture and manner of performing business.  Additionally, each project participant may have a quality management system (QMS) written to a quality standard that does not match the standard required for the project.  For example, a calibration service for measuring and test equipment operates to an ISO 17025 compliant program, but the project dictates that suppliers have a program compliant to the requirements of ASME NQA-1-2000.  In such cases, the supplier’s QMS may not meet the requirements of the project standard, and, the supplier may have a different understanding of what constitutes compliance to a quality standard.  Identifying and reconciling such gaps efficiently is required for project success.

This presentation will provide a case history of such an event, and highlight the role of the quality auditor in identifying gaps and solutions to ensure that project work can be executed while satisfying the requirements of the project’s governing quality standard.  Elements of the ASQ Quality Auditor Body of Knowledge that will be addressed by this presentation include: Purpose of audits, Audit criteria, and Audit preparation and planning.