Systematic quality control is essential for meeting customer and regulatory standards. With that very need in mind, Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) is a method of meeting requirements and establishing assurance of quality.
To understand the two components simply:
• Verification is the evaluation that a product, service, or system is compliant with regulations, legal requirements, etc.
• Validation is assurance that a product, service, or system meets the needs and expectations of customer.
The “I” in IV&V refers to an independent third party performing the verification and validation services. In some cases, validation is done in-house, but using a third party ensures a fresh perspective and minimal bias in the evaluation.
Let’s look at the processes in a little more detail:
Depending on the product, service, or system being verified, different components and regulations will have to be examined. These may include design specifications, code structure, terms & conditions of a contract, safety standards, materials used, and so on. The performance of a verification, then, will also depend on the nature of the product, service, or system.
The process may involve running algorithms to test software, physical walkthroughs of facilities, close inspection of products and design specs, comparative analysis for consistency, and other quality tests.
Because validation is the customer-facing component of IV&V, it can happen in many, many forms (and even multiple times) over the course of the lifecycle of a product, service, or system.
Validation processes can include both prospective and retrospective validation – examining products as they are being developed, and those already in production/circulation.
Validation can also be performed for pilot programs, through samples of a product, on a repeating, periodic basis, concurrently with other product tests, and so on. Again, the process is unique to the product, service, or system being evaluated.
Using IV&V service is, first and foremost, a protective measure against severe losses. If a product does not meet compliance standards, the consequences could be devastating. Recalls, settlements, fines, and the like can have an awful impact on both finances and reputation.
Similarly, detecting issues early in the development process – regardless of product – means reduced time and cost, and drastically reduced risk of problems upon release.
With thorough validation, you can also count on improved usability, customer experience, and overall satisfaction. These benefits also lead to increased revenue and user loyalty.
Employing a third party evaluation for quality control can be the difference between catching problems before it’s too late, or losing significant time and money trying to resolve issues retroactively. IV&V experts can help you through the entire process, and help you determine which methods (and frequency) of IV&V are best for your current scenario.
Belmero offers full service IV&V for businesses of all types. If you have questions, or would like to further explore your options, please contact us today!
Remember that verification answers the question: are building the product correctly? Validation answers: are we building the correct product?
Knowing both answers is a critical advantage for efficiency and ROI.
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