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Configuration Management

The technical and administrative direction and surveillance actions taken to identify and document the functional and physical characteristics of a configuration item; to control changes to a configuration item and its characteristics; and to record and report change processing and implementation status.

The process that controls the activities, and interfaces, among design, construction, procurement, training, licensing, operations, and maintenance to ensure that the configuration of the facility is established, approved, and maintained. (ASME NQA-1-2008 with the NQA-1a-2009 addenda)

A technical and management process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product’s functional and physical attributes with its requirements, design and operational information throughout its life. [ANSI/EIA – 649-B, Configuration Management Standard]

The process of identifying and defining the configuration items in a system (i.e., software and hardware), controlling the release and change of these items throughout the system's life cycle, and recording and reporting the status of configuration items and change requests.

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