Glossary N

The Glossary for Quality Management +++ Popular Articles: 'Noise', 'Normalisation', 'Nonconformity'

Deutsch: Natur / Español: Naturaleza / Português: Natureza / Français: Nature / Italiano: Natura /

In the quality management context, "Nature" refers to the inherent characteristics and properties of a product or service that determine its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs. It encompasses the fundamental aspects that make a product or service what it is, including its materials, design, functionality, and performance standards. Understanding the nature of a product or service is crucial in quality management because it lays the foundation for setting quality objectives, standards, and criteria against which the product or service is developed, produced, and evaluated.

Deutsch: Verhandlung / Español: Negociación / Português: Negociação / Français: Négociation / Italiano: Negoziazione /

In the quality management context, negotiation refers to the process of discussing, deliberating, and reaching agreements on various aspects related to quality standards, specifications, and requirements between different stakeholders. These stakeholders can include suppliers, customers, regulatory bodies, and internal departments within an organization. Negotiation in quality management is crucial for aligning expectations, resolving conflicts, and ensuring that the products or services meet or exceed the desired quality levels while adhering to cost and time constraints.

Newest 3-A Standards

3A 23-05 27-Oct-2006 Printed Edition $ 100.00
Secure PDF $ 100.00

Sanitary Standards for Equipment for Packaging Viscous Products


Nitrogen refers to a chemical element with the symbol N and atomic number 7. Nitrogen is a colorless, odorless, and inert gas that makes up a significant portion of the Earth's atmosphere. It is commonly used in various industrial applications to control the quality, safety, and characteristics of products and processes.

Deutsch: Geräusch / Español: Ruido / Português: RuaDdo / Français: Bruit -/ Italiano: Rumore
Noise means any unwanted sound. Noise is not necessarily random. Sounds, particularly loud ones, that disturb people or make it difficult to hear wanted sounds, are noise. For example, conversations of other people may be called noise by people not involved in any of them; any unwanted sound such as domesticated dogs barking, neighbours playing loud music, portable mechanical saws, road traffic sounds, or a distant aircraft in quiet countryside, is called noise.

Deutsch: Nomenklatur / Español: Nomenclatura / Português: Nomenclatura / Français: Nomenclature / Italiano: Nomenclatura

Nomenclature in the context of quality management refers to the systematic naming convention or terminology used to define and categorize various quality management concepts, processes, tools, standards, and documentation. It establishes a common language that facilitates clear communication, understanding, and consistency across an organization and with external stakeholders regarding quality-related activities and requirements.

Deutsch: Nichtkonformität / Español: No conformidad / Português: Não conformidade / Français: Non-conformité / Italiano: Non conformità /

Non-conformance, in the context of quality management, refers to any deviation, discrepancy, or failure to meet established quality standards, specifications, or requirements within an organization's processes, products, or services. It signifies a departure from the expected level of quality and may result from various factors such as errors, defects, non-compliance with regulations, or process inefficiencies. Identifying and addressing non-conformances is a fundamental aspect of quality management, as it helps organizations rectify issues, prevent future occurrences, and maintain or improve overall quality.

Deutsch: Nichtkonformität / Español: No conformidad / Português: Não conformidade / Français: Non-conformité / Italiano: Non conformità

Nonconformity in the context of quality management refers to a deviation from specified requirements, standards, or expectations. It indicates a failure to meet one or more predefined criteria, which can relate to products, processes, or the quality management system itself. Identifying and addressing nonconformities is essential for maintaining high-quality standards, achieving customer satisfaction, and ensuring continuous improvement.