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qualification: The process of demonstrating the ability to fulfill specified requirements. Note the term ‘qualified’ is used to designate the corresponding status. [ISO 9000]

quality: The degree to which a component, system or process meets specified requirements and/or user/customer needs and expectations. [After IEEE 610]

quality assurance: Part of quality management focused on providing confidence that quality requirements will be fulfilled. [ISO 9000]

quality attribute: A feature or characteristic that affects an item’s quality. [IEEE 610]

quality characteristic: See quality attribute.

quality management: Coordinated activities to direct and control an organization with regard to quality. Direction and control with regard to quality generally includes the establishment of the quality policy and quality objectives, quality planning, quality control, quality assurance and quality improvement. [ISO 9000]