a system for verifying and maintaining a desired level of quality in an existing product or service by careful planning, use of proper equipment, continued inspection, and corrective action as required.
Compare quality assurance.
Origin of quality control
First recorded in 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for quality control
control of the relative quality of a manufactured product, usually by statistical sampling techniques
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