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December 2, 2013

Quality Assurance Functional Area Qualification Standard

The Quality Assurance (QA) Functional Area Qualification Standard (FAQS) establishes common functional area competency requirements for all DOE QA personnel who provide assistance, direction, guidance, oversight, or evaluation of contractor technical activities that could impact the safe operation of DOE’s defense nuclear facilities. This technical FAQS has been developed as a tool to assist DOE program and field offices in the development and implementation of the TQP in their organization. For ease of transportability of qualifications between DOE elements, program and field offices must use this technical FAQS without modification. Satisfactory and documented attainment of the competency requirements contained in this technical FAQS ensures personnel possess the minimum requisite competence to fulfill functional area duties and responsibilities common to the DOE complex.  Additionally, needed office/site/facility-specific qualification standards, handled separately, supplement this technical FAQS and establish unique operational competency requirements at the headquarters or field element, site, or facility level.