Definition - What does Nonconformity mean?
Nonconformity is a deviation from a standard, expectation or specification. Nonconformity is also considered as a defect sometimes. A defect is the non-fulfillment of the intended requirements usage while non-fulfillment of the requirement is called Nonconformity. In basic terms, Nonconformity can be referred to as the failure or refusal to conform to the accepted conventions, standards, laws or rules. It is of three types – major, minor and critical nonconformity.
Petropedia explains Nonconformity
There are three types of Nonconformity:
- Critical Nonconformity: This is the Nonconformity that results in the unsafe or hazardous conditions to the individual maintaining, using, depending upon the prevent performance or the product of vital agency mission.
- Minor Nonconformity: This is the Nonconformity which does not affect the reliability, performance, interchangeability, durability weight or appearance, effective operation or use and safety or health of a product. If multiple minor nonconformities are considered, they result in the rise to critical or major Nonconformity.
- Major Nonconformity: It is any Nonconformity except the critical that can result in the material reduction or failure of the products for an intended purpose. A Nonconformity is said to be major if it can be eliminated completely by reduced or rework to the minor Nonconformity by approved repair.