When following ANSI/ASQ Z1.4-2003 (R2018), if a product has been placed in a “reduced” sampling plan based on the previous 10 lots results, is it a requirement to convert back to a “normal” sampling plan on an annual basis, or should that decision remain based on supplier performance? I have been told that we should revert to normal sampling each year, but I do not see that in the AQL inspection manual.
The standard does not require annual (or periodic) review of the sampling plan. The switching rules are time invariant, and reflects just the normal flow of lots, which can span more than a year. Unless the supplier requires a change in the inspection level, the standard is silent on resetting to the normal level annually.
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