Early identification of customer- implied special requirements or potentially critical items:
provides design engineering with valuable information which they can use for design implementation and design history.
provides management with acceptance rationale for those requirements or items,
identifies the means by which emerging risks can be controlled and mitigated,
enables critical design features, tests, inspection points to be identified,
flags the need for procedures to be implemented to minimize the probability of product escape where requirements have been met but the product fails at First Article Inspection, so preventing failure of a product, mission or loss of life.
A vigilant review of design history with each new contract can help to avoid or eliminate design and production errors. A scheduled review of current contracts will eliminate the need to recover lost resources where changes have occurred in customer requirements.