When properly implemented, the principles and requirements form a management system to plan, perform, assess, and improve work. The requirements are performance oriented and offer implementation flexibility. The DOE quality management system moves beyond the traditional quality assurance requirements that had become narrowly focused on compliance, and inspections. The management system is designed to link with an organization's strategic plan to support mission achievement and the delivery of products and services that meet customer expectations. The Department’s commitment to environment, safety, and health also relies, upon work being conducted within an effective management system. DOE line managers and contracting officers must understand these two fundamental purposes for the Quality Assurance (QA) requirements and ensure the QA Order and QA Rule are specified in each major contract (including those contracts using the Work Smart Standards process to satisfy DOE Acquisition regulation 48 CFR 970.5223-1).

QA Policy and Directives
The Office of Quality Assurance is responsible for DOE's QA policy and requirements, and for providing assistance with QA implementation.  Identifies DOE QA Policy, Regulation, Orders, Guides, and Standards.

Safety Software Quality Assurance
The Department has established rigorous and effective requirements for the application of QA programs to safety software for nuclear facilities.

Safety Software Quality Assurance - Central Registry
Promotes continuous improvement and the sharing of knowledge of safety software quality assurance among interested parties across the DOE complex.

Commercial Grade Dedication (CGD)
Commercial Grade Dedication is an important process for qualifying items and services used at the Department’s nuclear facilities. More information on this process is available in the DOE Handbook, DOE-HDBK-1230-2019, Commercial Grade Dedication Application Handbook. This handbook is available on the DOE Technical Standards Program Webpage.                     

Suspect/Counterfeit Items/Defective Items (S/CI)
The S/CI requirements are found in DOE O 414.1D, Quality Assurance. A quality assurance program must establish, document and implement effective controls and processes that will:

  1. ensure items and services meet specified requirements;
  2. prevent entry of S/CIs into the DOE supply chain;
  3. ensure detection, control, reporting, and disposition of S/CIs.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter Test Facility (FTF)
The Office of Quality Assurance has the responsibility to inspect and test all HEPA filters prior to their installation in a nuclear facility. Applicable DOE Standards and information on FTF reports are maintained by the Office of Quality Assurance.

Quality Assurance Community Of Practice
The Office of Quality Assurance and Nuclear Safety Management Programs hosts the Department's Community of Practice for Quality Assurance. The mission for the Community of Practice is to promote improved communication, consistency, and collaboration in support of effective quality assurance implementation across the Department of Energy. For more information, please contact Christian Palay.