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Tpoical Tips - Quality Assurance Management

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There would appear to be a thought in the MOT sector that because the DVSA no longer require QC results to be entered into what used to be the Device, it is no longer considered important. This is totally wrong, DVSA still require a minimum of one QC every other month per class, and should a recording system not be evident of a robust and regular system, a VTS will be heavily marked down on a Site Assessment visit.

QC checks should now be a part of a Quality Assurance Management program that all VTSs are expected to set up under the new web based program. What the DVSA are looking for is for test stations to utilise their own and third party resources to control all aspects of their business to ensure that they surpass DVSA standards. This includes Quality Control checks on personnel and testing standards, calibration, training, equipment or in other words all aspects of an MOT operation. This being achieved a VTS then needs to demonstrate this to DVSA by documentary evidence.

Special Notice 1-2015 laid down the basic principles and this has now been further clarified.

At present, DVSA say that to achieve the scores 1 to 5 the following guidelines will be applied by their VEs:

Quality Management (QM) Systems (EMP)

Is there evidence of a pro-active approach to quality management at this VTS?Look For:

Documented evidence that NT’s and VTS staff are subject to regular review to ensure that correct testing methods and management procedures are applied including any remedial and correction action taken





Third Party carries out regular audits of test and site management.


Third Party carries out additional unannounced visits.


Third Party carries out regular audits of test and site management.


QM system reflects the volume and all types of work undertaken.


Evidence of regular checks of NT test standards.


Evidence of regular site audits carried out.


Minimum quality checks carried out of NT test standards.


Evidence that each NT has a check at least every 2 months.


No evidence of quality management checks.


This is the guidelines to VEs when undertaking Site Assessment visits and in response to Question 14 in the Report (see blow), and whilst not finally decided yet the old QC question carried points from 0 to 89.

However this should not be seen as the reason for setting up systems to satisfy DVSA on this one question, as, if properly administered, a Quality Assurance program will actually help improve the scores on all the questions that you have control of, thereby resulting in a low Risk score well into the Green sector.

The MOT Club, have along with other Trade Associations, set up various methods to support VTSs in his matter, but the Club also have a software program that brings all DVSA requirements onto one place on your computer, which linked into our Site Audits will provide the focus for the VE and thereby shorten the time element of the VEs visit, and considerably improve the outcome.

Should you require further information regarding the above, please go to our website, email us on or phone 01934-421335.


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