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Definition of quality control 

: an aggregate of activities (such as design analysis and inspection for defects) designed to ensure adequate quality especially in manufactured products

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Akorn officials later acknowledged a senior executive who oversaw quality control fabricated testing results for azithromycin and submitted them to the FDA when the product was being considered for approval in 2012, according to court filings. Bloomberg.com, "Akorn Accused of Sending Phony Data to FDA on Antibiotic," 2 May 2018 First off, Stidham became a lead inspector for restoring the entire Pentagon facility and later was promoted to quality control manager with Hensel Phelps. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Detours in life lead to construction success," 8 May 2018 For quality control, even on the scale of Hondas and Kias, human hands still play a role in the business of smashing metal into shape. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How Kia Got Good," 4 Jan. 2018 McDonald’s is committed to the highest standards of food safety and quality control. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Outbreak of foodborne illness sickens 90 in Illinois; some cases linked to McDonald's salads," 12 July 2018 The company vacated its Davie plant in June 2017 after inspection reports by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in August 2016 and May 2017 identified numerous quality control deficiencies in its manufacturing processes. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "More lawsuits filed against South Florida drug maker accused of selling contaminated medicines," 29 June 2018 Jim worked at Pratt & Whitney, CT Yankee and retired in 2000 as a quality control inspector at Millstone. courant.com, "James A. Adams," 24 June 2018 Education quality control should be enforced more rigorously as well. William H. Noack And Don Kusler, star-telegram, "Pro-con: Was Condoleezza Rice right in recommending that college athletes not be paid?," 8 June 2018 Russian trolls have plagued social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as lawmakers and the public call for the tech giants to institute better quality control. CBS News, "Twitter bans ads from Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of quality control

1935, in the meaning defined above

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What It Is

Quality control is the act of ensuring that a company's goods and services are built and delivered to spec, on time and at the appropriate cost.

How It Works

For example, let's assume that Company XYZ makes widgets. The widgets come in blue and pink. To ensure that all the widgets are the same color pink and that the dye department is making the color consistently, it might create a quality control team that takes random samples of widgets and compares them for color consistency. If the team finds any variance, it has the authority to stop the production line until the process is corrected.

Quality control is not the same as quality assurance. Quality control usually monitors the finished product; quality assurance monitors the integrity of the production process.

Why It Matters

Quality control is a crucial part of managing a successful company. If customers receive or perceive inconsistent products and services, they will stop coming or become less loyal. For this reason, a variety of management strategies, including just-in-time manufacturing, total quality management (TQM) and six sigma have been developed to help companies produce higher-quality products.

People in the food industry are especially sensitive to quality control, as any defect or inconsistency in a product can create recalls, bad reviews and lower sales.

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English Language Learners Definition of quality control

: the activity of checking goods as they are produced to make sure that the final products are good

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