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DFARS 246



Part 246—Quality Assurance

TABLE OF CONTENTS

(Revised August 2, 2016)

SUBPART 246.1—GENERAL

246.101 Definitions.

246.102 Policy.

246.103 Contracting office responsibilities.

SUBPART 246.2--CONTRACT QUALITY REQUIREMENTS

246.202 Types of contract quality requirements.

246.202-4 Higher-level contract quality requirements.

246.270 Safety of facilities, infrastructure, and equipment for military

246.270-1 Scope.

246.270-2 Policy.

246.270-3 Exceptions.

246.270-4 Contract clause.

SUBPART 246.3--CONTRACT CLAUSES

246.370 Material inspection and receiving report.

246.371 Notification of potential safety issues.

SUBPART 246.4--GOVERNMENT CONTRACT QUALITY ASSURANCE

246.401 General.

246.402 Government contract quality assurance at source.

246.404 Government contract quality assurance for acquisitions at or below the

246.406 Foreign governments.

246.407 Nonconforming supplies or services.

246.408 Single-agency assignments of Government contract quality
assurance.

246.408-70 Subsistence.

246.408-71 Aircraft.

246.470 Government contract quality assurance actions.

246.470-1 Assessment of additional costs.

246.470-2 Quality evaluation data.

246.471 Authorizing shipment of supplies.

246.472 Inspection stamping.

SUBPART 246.5--ACCEPTANCE

246.504 Certificate of conformance.

SUBPART 246.6--MATERIAL INSPECTION AND RECEIVING REPORTS

246.601 General.

SUBPART 246.7--WARRANTIES

246.701 Definitions.

246.704 Authority for use of warranties.

246.705 Limitations.

246.706 Warranty terms and conditions.

246.708 Warranties of data.

246.710 Solicitation provision and contract clauses.

246.710-70 Warranty attachments.

SUBPART 246.8--CONTRACTOR LIABILITY FOR LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY OF THE GOVERNMENT

246.870 Contractors’ Counterfeit Electronic Part Detection and Avoidance.

246.870-0 Scope.

246.870-1 Definition.

246.870-2 Policy.

246.870-3 Contract clauses.

SUBPART 246.1--GENERAL

(Revised October 29, 2010)

246.101 Definitions.

“Discipline Working Group,” as used in this subpart, is defined in the clause at 252.246-7004, Safety of Facilities, Infrastructure, and Equipment for Military Operations.

246.102 Policy.

Departments and agencies shall also—

246.103 Contracting office responsibilities.

SUBPART 246.2--CONTRACT QUALITY REQUIREMENTS

(Revised June 25, 2013)

246.202 Types of contract quality requirements.

246.202-4 Higher-level contract quality requirements.

246.270 Safety of facilities, infrastructure, and equipment for military operations.

246.270-1 Scope.

This section implements section 807 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Pub. L. 111-84). It establishes policies and procedures intended to ensure the safety and habitability of facilities, infrastructure, and equipment acquired for use by DoD military or civilian personnel during military operations performed outside the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

246.270-2 Policy.

246.270-3 Exceptions.

The combatant commander may waive compliance with the foregoing standards when it is impracticable to comply with such standards under prevailing operational conditions.

246.270-4 Contract clause.

Use the clause at 252.246-7004, Safety of Facilities, Infrastructure, and Equipment for Military Operations, in solicitations and contracts, including solicitations and contracts using FAR part 12 procedures for the acquisition of commercial items, for the construction, installation, repair, maintenance, or operation of facilities, infrastructure, or for equipment configured for occupancy, planned for use by DoD military or civilian personnel during military operations.

SUBPART 246.3--CONTRACT CLAUSES

(Revised June 25, 2013)

246.370 Material inspection and receiving report.

246.371 Notification of potential safety issues.

SUBPART 246.4--GOVERNMENT CONTRACT QUALITY ASSURANCE

(Revised October 1, 2010)

246.401 General.

The requirement for a quality assurance surveillance plan shall be addressed and documented in the contract file for each contract except for those awarded using simplified acquisition procedures. For contracts for services, the contracting officer should prepare a quality assurance surveillance plan to facilitate assessment of contractor performance, see 237.172. For contracts for supplies, the contracting officer should address the need for a quality assurance surveillance plan.

246.402 Government contract quality assurance at source.

Do not require Government contract quality assurance at source for contracts or

delivery orders valued below $300,000, unless—

246.404 Government contract quality assurance for acquisitions at or below the simplified acquisition threshold.

Do not require Government contract quality assurance at source for contracts or delivery orders valued at or below the simplified acquisition threshold unless the criteria at 246.402 have been met.

246.406 Foreign governments.

246.407 Nonconforming supplies or services.

246.408 Single-agency assignments of Government contract quality assurance.

246.408-70 Subsistence.

246.408-71 Aircraft.

246.470 Government contract quality assurance actions.

246.470-1 Assessment of additional costs.

246.470-2 Quality evaluation data.

The contract administration office shall establish a system for the collection, evaluation, and use of the types of quality evaluation data specified in PGI 246.470-2.

246.471 Authorizing shipment of supplies.

246.472 Inspection stamping.

SUBPART 246.5--ACCEPTANCE

(Revised January 10, 2008)

246.504 Certificate of conformance.

Before authorizing a certificate of conformance for aviation or ship critical safety items, obtain the concurrence of the head of the design control activity (see 209.270).

SUBPART 246.6--MATERIAL INSPECTION AND RECEIVING REPORTS

(Revised May 12, 2006)

246.601 General.

See Appendix F, Material Inspection and Receiving Report, for procedures and instructions for the use, preparation, and distribution of—

SUBPART 246.7—WARRANTIES

(Revised March 25, 2016)

246.701 Definitions.

As used in this subpart—

“Acceptance,” as used in this subpart and in the warranty clauses at FAR 52.246-17, Warranty of Supplies of a Noncomplex Nature; FAR 52.246-18, Warranty of Supplies of a Complex Nature; FAR 52.246-19, Warranty of Systems and Equipment Under Performance Specifications or Design Criteria; and FAR 52.246-20, Warranty of Services, includes the execution of an official document (e.g., DD Form 250, Material Inspection and Receiving Report) by an authorized representative of the Government.

“Defect” means any condition or characteristic in any supply or service furnished by the contractor under the contract that is not in compliance with the requirements of the contract.

“Enterprise” means the entity (e.g., a manufacturer or vendor) responsible for granting the warranty and/or assigning unique item identifiers to serialized warranty items.

“Enterprise identifier” means a code that is uniquely assigned to an enterprise by an issuing agency.

“Issuing agency” means an organization responsible for assigning a globally unique identifier to an enterprise, as indicated in the Register of Issuing Agency Codes for International Standards Organization/International Electrotechnical Commission 15459, located at http://www.aimglobal.org/?Reg_Authority15459.

“Serialized item” means each item produced is assigned a serial number that is unique among all the collective tangible items produced by the enterprise, or each item of a particular part, lot, or batch number is assigned a unique serial number within that part, lot, or batch number assignment within the enterprise identifier. The enterprise is responsible for ensuring unique serialization within the enterprise identifier or within the part, lot, or batch numbers, and that serial numbers, once assigned, are never used again.

“Unique item identifier” means a set of data elements marked on an item that is globally unique and unambiguous.

“Warranty tracking” means the ability to trace a warranted item from delivery through completion of the effectivity of the warranty.

246.704 Authority for use of warranties.

246.705 Limitations.

246.706 Warranty terms and conditions.

246.708 Warranties of data.

Obtain warranties on technical data when practicable and cost effective. Consider the factors in FAR 46.703 in deciding whether to obtain warranties of technical data. Consider the following in deciding whether to use extended liability provisions—

246.710 Contract clauses.

246.710-70 Warranty attachments.

Follow the procedures at PGI 246.710-70 regarding warranty attachments.

SUBPART 246.8—CONTRACTOR LIABILITY FOR LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY OF THE GOVERNMENT

(Revised August 2, 2016)

246.870 Contractors’ Counterfeit Electronic Part Detection and Avoidance.

246.870-0 Scope. This section—

246.870-1 Definition.

“Authorized supplier,” as used in this subpart, means a supplier, distributor, or an aftermarket manufacturer with a contractual arrangement with, or the express written authority of, the original manufacturer or current design activity to buy, stock, repackage, sell, or distribute the part.

246.870-2 Policy.

246.870-3 Contract clauses.

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