Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

What is APQP?

APQP or Advanced Product Quality Planning is a structured method of defining and establishing the steps necessary to ensure that a product satisfies the customer. Effective product quality planning depends on a company's top management's commitment to the effort required in meeting customer specifications.

The Objectives of APQP

Some of the bottom line goals of product quality planning are...

  • effective communications with all those who are involved in the implementation scheme.
  • timely completion of required goals.
  • minimal or no quality problems.
  • minimal risks related to quality during product launch.

Phases of APQP

They include...

  • Plan and define the program
  • Product design and development
  • Process design and development
  • Product and process validation
  • Feedback assessment and corrective action