CLAUSE CODE: QC65a    This clause is current as of 12/01/2021; 13:48:35
  CLAUSE TITLE: Special Process Certification

QC65a - Special Process Certification:

General Requirements

Certain special processes are required to comply with the Subcontract/Purchase Order (PO). Special processes shall be performed only by sources that have been surveyed and qualified/approved, by the Sub contractor and/or JPL, to perform those processes.

The Subcontractor shall provide to JPL upon request all documentation showing evidence of special processor qualification and/or certification to perform special manufacturing, assembling, and test processing as required by the Subcontract/PO. The Subcontractor may elect to use only JPL-approved sources.

Reporting Requirements

A special process certification shall be provided with each shipment of item(s) delivered per the Subcontract/PO. Special process certifications may be in supplier format and shall include the following:

  • JPL’s Subcontract/PO number
  • Part number(s)
  • Serial and/or lot numbers of the hardware processed (if applicable)
  • Material process specification & revision
  • Objective evidence demonstrating compliance with the applicable process, (i.e., temperature charts and hardness test results for heat treatment, destructive test results, etc.)
  • A certificate stating the special process was performed per applicable drawing/specification requirements.
  • Subcontractor ’s name and address

When the special processor is other than the Subcontractor, provide a certificate of compliance from the special processor stating the special process was performed per applicable drawing/specification requirements. Certificates must include the processor’s name, address, and be signed and dated by a company official.

Each certificate must be signed and dated by the Subcontractor authorized representative and/or Processor attesting to the acceptance of the processes performed to the required specification(s).

The Subcontractor shall retain all records associated with the selection and approval of supplier-approved special process providers. Per the Subcontract/PO or regulatory agency requirements, these records shall be made available to JPL and/or regulatory agencies upon request. The Subcontractor shall notify JPL prior to destruction of records relative to this Subcontract/PO.

The Subcontractor shall insert the substance of this clause, including this sentence, in all lower-tier subcontracts for work performed under the Subcontract/PO.


Special Processes are (including but not limited to): Plating; Anodizing; Welding; Soldering; Polymeric Applications; Cleaning; Wire Bonding; Ultrasonic Inspection; Radiographic Inspection; Hi-Voltage Assemblies; ESD Protection.