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An appropriately rated certificate holder
With a quality system, and
Consumed in the repair or alteration of a product
or article.
The guidance regarding this provision of the regulations
is found in Advisory Circular 43-18. Let's examine the
definitions of each of the three criteria:
Certificate holder. Any person certificated by the
FAA and authorized to perform maintenance, preventive
maintenance, rebuilding, and alterations as provided
in Part 43, ยง 43.3. Within the context of this AC, if a
certificate holder intends to fabricate a part for maintaining
a product, he/she may do so only under the provisions
(privileges) of his/her certificate.
Fabrication quality control system. In order to
substantiate and demonstrate that a part being fabricated
during the course of performing maintenance conforms
to the approved design data and is in condition for safe
operation, quality control system procedures should be
established for ensuring all processes and requirements
necessary to fabricate the part are identified and adhered
to. The depth and detail of the FQCS depends on the
complexity and CAT classification of the part being
fabricated. (The elements of the FQCS are below.)
Consumed. A fabricated part is considered consumed
in a repair when it is installed into the next higher
assembly component part, or within a product by the
fabricator, while undergoing maintenance or an alteration.
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Fabrication quality control system
The following are recommended elements that could be
addressed in the FQCS:
(a) Design data control. Procedures for controlling
design data and subsequent changes to ensure that only
current, correct, and approved or acceptable data is
used.
(b) A list of the parts fabricated by nomenclature and
part number.
(c) Document control. Procedures for controlling
quality system documents and data and subsequent
changes to ensure that only current, correct, and
approved or acceptable documents and data are used.
(d) Subcontractor control. Procedures that:
1. Ensure that each subcontractor-finished part
conforms to its approved design; and
2. Require each subcontractor to report to the
fabricator if a part has been released from that
subcontractor and subsequently found not to
conform to the applicable design data.
(e) Inspecting and testing. Procedures for inspections
and tests used to ensure that each part conforms to its
approved design.

(f) Inspection, measuring, and test equipment control.
Procedures to ensure calibration and control of all
inspection, measuring, and test equipment used in
determining conformity of each part to its approved or
acceptable design. Each calibration standard must be
traceable to a standard acceptable to the FAA.
(g) Inspection and test status. Procedures for
documenting the inspection and test status of parts
supplied to the approved design.
(h) Nonconforming part control.
1. Procedures to ensure that only parts that
conform to their approved or acceptable
design are installed on a type-certificated
product. These procedures must provide for
the identification, documentation, evaluation,
segregation and disposition of nonconforming
articles. Only authorized individuals may
make disposition determinations.
2. Procedures to ensure that discarded articles
are rendered unusable.
(i) Corrective and preventive actions. Procedures
for implementing corrective and preventive
actions to eliminate the causes of an actual or
potential nonconformity to the approved design or
noncompliance with the FQCS.
(j) Handling and storage. Procedures to prevent damage
and deterioration of each part.
(k) Control of quality records. Procedures for
identifying, storing, protecting, retrieving and retaining
fabrication quality records associated with the part must
be retained in accordance with regulatory requirements.
(1) Internal audits. Procedures for planning,
conducting and documenting internal audits
to ensure compliance with the FQCS. The
procedures must include reporting results
of internal audits to the person responsible
for implementing corrective and preventive
actions.
(m) In-service feedback. Procedures for receiving and
processing feedback on in-service failures, malfunctions
and defects. These procedures must include a process to:
1.	 Address any in-service problem involving
design changes; and
2.	 Determine if any changes to the ICAs are
necessary.
(n) Quality escapes. Procedures for identifying,
analyzing and initiating appropriate corrective action
for products or articles that have been released from the
quality system and that do not conform to the applicable
design data or quality system requirements. q
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