Quality Assurance is the checks and balances your organisation has in place to ensure design quality and consistency with the Irrigation Design Code of Practice and Standards. It involves the systematic monitoring and evaluation of the design process to maximise the likelihood that minimum standards are reached. The two principles are of Quality Assurance are: “Fit for purpose”, the design should be suitable for the intended purpose; and “Right first time”, mistakes should be eliminated. Quality Assurance systems range from formal ISO Accreditation, through to simple notes on client files that record the process followed.
Quality Assurance systems are needed as your accreditation status implies that all your subsequent designs will reach the same standard to which the accreditation was made. They allow, by virtue of the documented processes and data, demonstration of ‘consistent and quality processes’ to a third party auditor. The two yearly professional interview to be undertaken as part of the accreditation renewal process will require demonstration of on-going adherence with the Irrigation Design Code of Practice and Standards.
A recording system is key to a successful QA system. This does not have to be elaborate, but it needs to provide evidence that your quality and safety procedures are active and effective, i.e. records with dates and signatures.