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» Manufacturing R&D Audit Checklist
Manufacturing R&D Audit Checklist
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For each core activity you have registered, can you explain which features/ specifications of the product, process or equipment needed to be developed and were experimental?
Do you have contemporaneous records to demonstrate a systematic progression from hypothesis to experiment, observation and analysis, leading to conclusions for each registered core activity?
Can you explain how you established that the outcome of each experiment could not be determined in advance? (you will need to comment on the knowledge gap that existed when the registered core activity was undertaken.)
Do you have documents to demonstrate that a knowledge gap existed at the commencement of the project?
Can you outline what new knowledge, in the form of new or improved products, processes or services, was produced as a result of carrying out the project?
Can you explain what features of the products, processes or equipment are new? For example, the composition of materials or shape of a mould that resulted in an improved product or process?
Can you identify how the new knowledge is more than a simple progression from what is already known or how it is more than applying existing knowledge in a different context or location?
For manufacturing developments claimed as a core activity, can you describe the hypothesis, experimentation, observation, evaluation and conclusions?
Can you provide documentation which support your core and supporting activities? For example, if this involved the development of lean manufacturing processes, production efficiency management or a new product line, the records should show how the company researched and established that no existing products or processes that offered a suitable solution and the reasons why.
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