DLA Replaces MIL-I-45208 with ISO 9001

DLA replaces MIL-I-45208 with ISO 9001 quality system. This notice by a very large Buyer will influence other Buyers.

This change in minimum quality system requirement has been pending since 1996, which is when MIL-I-45208 was cancelled without replacement. So far, only DLA contracts that reference “FAR 52.246-11 Higher Level Quality” are affected.

Posted on the DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS)

Topic: HIGHER LEVEL QUALITY REQUIREMENT FOR DLA AVIATION

NOTICE: When Higher Level Quality is a requirement of a solicitation for DLA Aviation, quality systems complying with MIL-I-45208 will no longer be acceptable. A quality management program meeting ISO 9001 QMS requirements or a program comparable to ISO 9001 or a tailored ISO 9001 quality system is required.

Posted: DLA Replaces MIL-I-45208 with ISO 9001

Topic: AVIATION HIGHER LEVEL QUALITY

DLA Aviation solicitations that include FAR 52.246-11 will require compliance with the ISO 9001 quality program or a tailored ISO 9001 quality system that meets the following ISO 9001 paragraphs:

4. Quality management system

4.1 General requirements, excluding reference to 1.2 and excluding NOTE 3c)
4.2 Documentation requirements
4.2.1 General
4.2.2 ISO 9001 quality manual, excluding reference to 1.2
4.2.3 Control of documents
4.2.4 Control of records
4.2.5 Configuration Management is not applicable
5.1 Management commitment
5.2 Customer focus
5.3 Quality policy
5.4 Planning is not applicable
5.5 Responsibility, Authority and Communication is not applicable
5.6 Management Review is not applicable
6.1 Provision of Resources is not applicable
6.2.1 General is not applicable
6.2.2 Competence, training and awareness
6.3 Infrastructure is not applicable
6.4 Work Environment is not applicable
6.5 Corrective Maintenance is not applicable
7.1 Planning of product realization, excluding NOTE 2
7.2.1 Determination of requirements related to the product
7.2.2 Review of Requirements is not applicable
7.2.3 Customer communication
7.3.1 through 7.3.6 are not applicable
7.3.7 Control of design and development changes
7.4.1 Purchasing Process is not applicable
7.4.2 Purchasing Information is not applicable
7.4.3 Verification of purchased product
7.5.1 Control of production and service provision
7.5.2 Validation of Processes is not applicable
7.5.3 Identification and traceability
7.5.4 Customer property
7.5.5 Preservation of product
7.6 Control of monitoring and measuring equipment
8.2.1 Customer satisfaction
8.2.2 Internal Audit is not applicable
8.2.3 Monitoring and Measurement of Processes is not applicable
8.2.4 Monitoring and measurement of product
8.3 Control of nonconforming product
8.4 Analysis of Data is not applicable
8.5.1 Continual Improvement is not applicable
8.5.2 Corrective action
8.5.3 Preventive action

See below for updated list of requirements, which add 8 new conditions to the notice that DLA replaces MIL-I-45208 with ISO 9001.

Offerors may also propose a quality program that is comparable to the ISO 9001 QMS or the tailored ISO 9001 quality system plan shown above. Quality systems complying with MIL-I-45208 will no longer be acceptable.

Offerors shall state in their quote/offer the quality system with which they will comply. If quoting through the DIBBS quoting system, the offeror should select “Other” from the dropdown box and provide the quality system with which they comply, i.e., “ISO 9001 quality system” or a “tailored ISO 9001 quality system“.

Manufacturers who cannot comply with the ISO quality management systems requirements or tailored version shown above, or a management program comparable to either the full ISO 9001 QMS or tailored ISO 9001 quality system version may be precluded from receiving awards.

For a short time, DLA Aviation requirements didn’t match Land and Maritime requirements. Today, both agencies use the same requirements:

4.1 General requirements, [excluding reference to 1.2 and excluding NOTE 3 c)]
4.2.1 General, [excluding subparagraph a)]
4.2.2 Quality manual, [excluding subparagraph a)]
4.2.3 Control of documents
4.2.4 Control of records
5.1 Management commitment
5.3 Quality policy
6.2.2 Competence, training and awareness
6.4 Work environment
7.1 Planning of product realization, [excluding NOTE 2]
7.2.1 Determination of requirements related to the product
7.2.2 Review of requirements related to the product
7.2.3 Customer communication
7.3.7 Control of design and development changes
7.4.1 Purchasing process
7.4.3 Verification of purchased product
7.5.1 Control of production and service provision
7.5.3 Identification and traceability
7.5.4 Customer property
7.5.5 Preservation of product
7.6 Control of monitoring and measuring equipment
8.1 General, [excluding subparagraph b) and subparagraph c)]
8.2.2 Internal audit
8.2.4 Monitoring and measurement of product
8.3 Control of nonconforming product
8.5.2 Corrective action
8.5.3 Preventive action

Rich from Discovery Corporation reports:

“Two months after starting my quality improvement project, two QAR’s visited my facility for 2 days and approved my tailored ISO 9001 quality system. Many thanks to Frank (Mentor/Facilitator) for helping me achieve compliance for my one-person machine shop. I now walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk of ISO 9001 after being compliant with MIL-I-45208 for so many years.”

Rich’s letter of approval for his Company’s tailored ISO 9001 QMS:

QSA Letter of Approval for Tailored ISO 9001

QSA Letter of Approval for Tailored ISO 9001

The At-PQC™ tailored ISO 9001 kit is designed for fast implementation by the do-it-yourselfer to respond to the notice that DLA replaces MIL-I-45208 with ISO 9001. All our Customers are reporting positive feedback, which enables us to assert: “The tailored ISO 9001 quality system template is proven in industry”.