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BQMS Addendum 1 (VKMC) Frequently Asked Questions
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Is VMKC going away?
No. D6-82479 Addendum 1 will point to AS9103 for Variation Management of Key Characteristics (VKMC) and to AS9100 for Continual Improvement.
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How will Addendum 1 be called out?

It will be called out in supplier contracts and/or purchase orders. In the absence of contractual language, a supplier may still follow Addendum 1 voluntarily. Addendum 1 is considered a business requirement, not a quality system requirement.

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Under what circumstances will Addendum 1 be called out contractually?
  1. When there are Boeing-identified key characteristics.
  2. When the supplier's Boeing program requires it.
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Will Addendum 1 drive quality system requirements?
Yes, if Addendum 1 procedures are used for product acceptance. Not necessarily, if the supplier is engaged in a supplier-defined continuous improvement and variation reduction strategy (e.g., Six Sigma). In this situation, the continuous improvement system might be documented in general business procedures.
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Will suppliers have to be VKMC / Addendum 1 approved?
No. Addendum 1 is considered a capability instead of a "quality system" approval. However, suppliers will be evaluated periodically if Boeing purchase documents have Addendum 1 called out. Evaluated suppliers will be expected to be compliant to Addendum 1 requirements.
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How are the results of an Addendum 1 evaluation documented?
The evaluation will result in a list of supplier strengths and opportunities for improvement. The supplier is expected to develop a Continuous Improvement Plan that addresses the opportunities. This plan will be provided to the Boeing representative who will coordinate them with procurement.
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What if the supplier does not meet the minimum Addendum 1 requirements when they are contractually obligated to do so?
In order of increasing severity: the Boeing representative could write a Supplier Evaluation Report (SER) against the supplier's quality management system requiring corrective action within 30 days. Ineffective or nonresponsive corrective action could result in placing the supplier's quality management system on probation.
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Should suppliers document their Addendum 1 procedures in their quality manual?
Not necessarily. The procedures must be documented, but need not be in the quality manual unless the procedures are used for product acceptance.
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What is the typical agenda for an Addendum 1 evaluation?
At least 1 month prior to the evaluation: Perform self evaluation. Day 1 - Program review of supplier CI system, performance measures, targets, goals, management reviews, projects, etc. Day 2 - Review of supplier results, trends, plans and current compliance Days 3 and beyond (if held) - Coaching and consultation by Boeing rep and/or VMKC specialist.
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