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GENERAL PROVISIONS

(C) Preparation of Contract. The contract is the only instrument which binds the contractor and the Government. Therefore, the contract will include the specific terms and conditions of all NASA quality requirements that have been established for the procurement.

(h) Quality Assurance, Inspection and Acceptance. (See Part 14 of this Regulation.)

1.5005 Technical l'actors. The following shall be considered and appropriate provisions made in the work statement when NPC 200-2 and 200-3 or portions thereof are invoked.

(a) NASA NPC 200-2. Paragraph Number

Description of Action 1.2

NPC 200–2 shall be invoked by reference (e.g., "The contractor

shall establish and maintain an effective quality program to
satisfy, as a minimum, the requirements of NASA Quality

Publication NPC 200–2”). 1.4

Detailed reliability requirements shall be stated. 1.5

The prime contractor may be required to submit quality program

plans for major subcontractors to the NASA installation for
review, notwithstanding the requirement for the contractor's
quality program to cover the full scope of contracted work.
Major subcontractors may be defined in generic terms for a

particular procurement. 2.2

Any deviations from Appendix B for documents requiring approval,

review, or information shall be considered. 2.2.1 The time for submission and approval of all documents requiring

NASA approval shall be specified. 4.2.2 Existing preferred parts lists desired to be cited in the contract, or

required to be established by the contractor, shall be identified

or described. 4.3.1 Any additional requirements for documentation and submission of

qualification test procedures shall be specified. 4.3.5 The agreed-upon intervals desired for submission of the qualifica

tion status list shall be specified. 4.4, 14.2.1 Requirements for mechanized or electronic data processing shall be

stated.
5.3.1 When the prime contractor invokes NPC 200–2 or 200–3 in sub-

contracts, the subcontractor shall furnish required documenta-
tion to him. The prime contractor shall forward copies to the
NASA installation and designated representatives as specified
in the contract. The use of a contractor's equivalent specifica-
tion in lieu of NPC 200-3 is permissible, provided that it has
been submitted to the NASA installation for review two weeks

prior to its use in procurement documents. 14.3

The extent of laboratory facilities to be established and failure

analysis function to be performed by the contractor at the launch
site shall be stated. Time periods for notification of failures
and malfunctions and for initiation of corrective action shall be

stated.

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INTEGRATION OF QUALITY REQUIREMENTS IN NASA PROCUREMENTS

(b) NASA NPC 200-3.

Paragraph
Number

1.2

1.4 1.5

3.1

Description of Action
NPC 200–3 should be invoked by reference (e.g., “The supplier

shall establish and maintain an inspection system which satisfies

the requirements of NASA Quality Publication NPC 200-3"). Detailed reliability requirements shall be stated. Inspection plans for major subcontractors (major subcontracts

may be defined in generic terms for a particular procurement) may be required to be submitted by the prime contractor to the NASA installation for review notwithstanding the requirement for the contractor's inspection plan to cover the full scope of

contracted work. When the prime contractor invokes NPC 200–3 in subcontracts,

the subcontractor shall furnish required documentation to him. The prime contractor shall forward copies to the NASA installation and designated representatives as specified in the contract. The use of a contractor's equivalent specification in lieu of NPC 200–3 is permissible, provided that it has been submitted to the NASA installation for review two weeks prior

to its use in procurement documents. The applicability of paragraph 5.7, "Identification," of NPC

200-2, shall be stated. Requirements for test specimens of raw materials to be provided

with fabricated articles shall be stated. Inspections and tests desired but not contained in specifications

and standards referenced in the contract shall be stated. Requirements for sampling inspection, if applicable, or special

instructions for screening inspection in lieu of sampling, shall

be stated. Requirements for mechanical or electronic processing of data shall

be stated.

3,5

3.6

3.12

3.13

(c) NASA NHB 5300 4(3A).

Paragraph
Number

Description of Action
Preface.-- NHB 5300.4(3A) shall be invoked by reference (e.g., “The con-

tractor shall conform to the requirements of NASA Quality Publication NHB 5300.4(3A) when performing hand soldering of electrical connections).

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NASA PROCUREMENT REGULATION

| 1.5005

Subpart 51—Integration of Reliability Requirements Into NASA Procurements

1.5100 Scope of Subpart. This Subpart establishes procedures for implementing reliability policies prescribed in NASA Policy Directive 5300.7, "Basic Policy for Reliability and Quality Assurance” with the procurement of systems, by:

(i) establishing general principles of systematic reliability assurance

actions on NASA procurements; (ü) detailing the application of NASA Reliability Publication “Relia

bility Program Provisions for Space Systems Contractors" (NPC

250-1); and (iii) defining the level at which reliability program requirements are to

be placed on contractors. 1.5101 Policy. NASA reliability policy, as reflected in NASA Policy Directive 5300.7, is that:

(i) every practical means shall be employed to achieve high system

reliability at the earliest possible stage of system development; (ii) reliability program requirements shall be placed on NASA system

contractors; and (ii) contractor performance in achieving system reliability will be

guided and monitored by the cognizant NASA field installation. 1.5102 Definitions. For the purpose of this Subpart, the following definitions apply:

(i) Major System Element. Any element of a system considered by the

cognizant NASA installation to be sufficiently critical to reliability of the system to require use of a formal reliability program

from its design through end use. (ii) Reliability. The probability that a system, subsystem, component,

or part will perform its required functions under defined conditions

at a designated time and for a specified operating period. () Reliability Program. A series of tasks, systematized under a com

prehensive plan, which is designed to achieve the required level of

reliability in the design and development of a hardware end item. (iv) Reliability Assurance. A planned and systematic pattern of all

actions necessary to provide adequate confidence that a space
system or portion thereof (including test equipment) will perform
reliably in actual operation. This includes actions to-
(A) plan for achievement of satisfactory reliability when formu-

lating procurement documents;
(B) plan and execute reliability programs pertinent to each phase

of the work from design through end use of the system hard

ware; (C) monitor and guide contractor reliability efforts; and (D) ascertain and ensure that the necessary level of reliability is

being attained.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

1.5103 Application.
(a) The procedures prescribed in this Subpart are applicable to:
(i) New procurements of complete space systems; principal systems

making up a space system (e.g., launch vehicles, spacecraft, test
equipment, etc.); critical subsystems; or critical components; where
the cost of the procurement is estimated in the Procurement Plan
to exceed $1,000,000. (See paragraph (b), below, for smaller
procurements of critical items.) It is not necessarily applicable
to smaller procurements, to procurements of noncritical subsystems,
or to procurements where the contractor does not have design

responsibility. (ii) Amendments to existing contracts of the types stated in (i) above

which after amendment exceed $1,000,000. In applying NPC 250–1 to existing contracts, cognizant personnel shall exercise discretion to prescribe only those program requirements still considered timely in light of project completion status and to prescribe them to the extent that anticipated benefits are considered to be commen

surate with cost. (b) For procurements of $1,000,000 or less where the contractor has design responsibility for a space system or for critical hardware, end items, or equipment to serve as part of a space system (including critical test equipment), the cognizant NASA installation shall:

(i) determine and impose selected applicable reliability program re

quirements (e.g., design review, design specifications, failure analysis, parts and materials program, qualification and flight

assurance testing); and (ii) follow those procedures set forth in paragraph 1.5104(a) considered

by the installation to be applicable. 1.5104 Responsibilities.

(a) Originators of Procurement Requests. Originators of procurement requests shall consult as early as possible with appropriate reliability assurance personnel to determine the extent of applicability of NASA Reliability Publication 250–1 to the procurement and shall:

(i) summarize, in the procurement request, the extent to which the

reliability program provisions of NPC 250–1 will be placed on the

contractor; (ii) cite, in the procurement request, applicable specifications, stand

ards, design reliability criteria, or other documents which further

define reliability requirements; (iii) assist contracting officers in the preparation of procurement plans

to ensure that the plans include necessary provisions for reliability

assurance; (iv) provide in the Statement of Work detailed guidance on the extent

of applicability of the provisions of NPC 250–1 and other reliability documents of the contract (for technical factors requiring definitization, see 1.5106), and

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