Would ISO 9001 clause 8.3 'Design and development of products and services' be applicable to a scientific research lab, which has an R&D department to design Standard Operating Procedures for use in-house to produce scientific data?
Clause 8.3 is not about designing Standard Operating Procedures for use in-house.
Clause 8.3 is about designing a new product or service. Clause 8.3 may be the main job in your scientific research lab.
Whenever there is a go decision for a new research your lab has to:
Set up a project team with resources, responsibilities and authorities. Set up a project plan - (this is about clause 8.3.2)
Collect inputs (state of the art data and information, legislation and regulation applicable) - (this is about clause 8.3.3)
Following the project plan there is reviewed, final verification and validation controls are - (this is about clause 8.3.4)
An output comes out of a successful project plan – a prototype, specifications to manufacture or provide or use, Standard Operating Procedures to manufacture or provide or use, … - (this is about clause 8.3.5)
Changes - (this is about clause 8.3.6)
So, it is very difficult to justify that clause 8.3 is not applicable to a scientific research lab implementing a quality management system according to ISO 9001:2015
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