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Guide to the selection and usage of acceptance sampling systems for inspection of discrete items in lots - Part 1: General guide to acceptance sampling

Executive summary

General guidance on the selection and usage of an acceptance sampling system, scheme or plan.


This British Standard, a part of the BS 6000 series, provides general guidance on the selection of an acceptance sampling system, scheme or plan. It does this principally in the context of British Standards that either already exist or are presently under development.

The guidance in this British Standard is confined to acceptance sampling of products that are supplied in lots and that can be classified as consisting of discrete items (i.e. discrete articles of product).

Standards on acceptance sampling are typically generic, as a result of which they can be applied to a wide variety of inspection situations. These include, but are not limited to: end items, such as complete products or sub-assemblies; components and raw materials; services; materials in process; supplies in storage; maintenance operations; data or records; and administrative procedures.

Although this British Standard is written principally in terms of manufacture and production, this should be interpreted liberally, as it is applicable to the selection of sampling systems, schemes and plans for product and processes as defined in BS EN ISO 9000.

History and related standards

This British Standard together with BS 6000-2 and BS 6000-3 supersedes

BS 6000:1996, which is withdrawn.

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