The Design Validation Plan lists methods used to ensure the Product Requirements have been properly specified so that the product meets Customer Needs. There are many types of design validation including product testing, market studies and calculations.
It is important to note a product design can pass Design Verification but fail Design Validation if the Product Requirements are improperly specified. When this happens, the product does what the designer wants it to do but not what the customer wants it to do. Unfortunately, this happens quite often.
Do you get FMEAs from your suppliers? Make sure they hand you documents you can actually use. Learn more about what makes for good design specs and design requirements by checking out our new paper here: Design Specs & Design Requirements: Your Suppliers’ FMEA’s. This paper was adapted from our talk at the ASQ International Conference on Quality Standards in Pittsburgh.