NCR Management Terms

Definition of Disposition

The disposition is the decision made - the outcome of the review process of a nonconformity.
Meaning “This is what we will do with this product (or service) that does not conform with requirements”.

There are four possible dispositions:
1. release - the product will be accepted without further measures - although a concession will probably be required - setting out the limits within which it can be released. This is sometimes known as use-as-is.
2. rework - action will be taken on the product to make it conform with the requirements. This might not mean that it will be identical to an original conforming product.
3. repair - action will be taken on the product to make it acceptable for the intended use. The product might still not conform to requirements after repair, in which case a concession would be required.
4. scrap - the non-conforming product cannot be used, and will be recycled or destroyed.
Other common expressions like Return to Vendor (RTV) or recall can be used to mean any of rework, repair or scrap.

Disposition relates to post-realisation nonconformities.
Refer to deviation permit to find out about the pre-realisation equivalent