Acquisition Process

Production Readiness Review (PRR)

The Production Readiness Review (PRR) assesses a program to determine if the design is ready for production. It assesses if the prime contractor and major subcontractors have accomplished adequate production planning without incurring unacceptable risks that will breach thresholds of schedule, performance, cost, or other established criteria. PRRs are normally performed as a series of reviews toward the end of the Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development (EMD) Phase and should be conducted during System Capability and Manufacturing Process Demonstration to identify and mitigate risks as the design progresses.

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Checklist: Production Readiness Review (PRR)

Production Readiness Review (PRR) Purpose

The purpose of the PRR is to evaluate the full, production-configured system to determine if it correctly and completely implements all system requirements. The review determines whether the traceability of the final system requirements to the final production system is maintained. A successful review is predicated on the determination that the system requirements are fully met in the final production configuration and that production capability forms a satisfactory basis for proceeding into Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and Full-Rate Production (FRP).

Production Readiness Review (PRR) Review Areas

The following areas of interest should be reviewed during a PRR:

  • The manufacturing readiness process
  • Quality management system
  • Production planning
  • System requirements compliance
  • Inventory management
  • Supplier management

Production Readiness Review (PRR) Questions

A few of the key questions that need to be answered during a PRR are:

Questions: Production Readiness Review Questions

  • Has the system product baseline been established and documented to enable the system to be produced?
  • Has a good configuration control process been established?
  • Are adequate processes and metrics in place?
  • Have the risks been documented and manageable?
  • Has the production capability forms been a satisfactory basis for proceeding into Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and Full-Rate Production (FRP)?
  • Can the system produced within the allocated production budget?

Technical Review Standards

IEEE 5288.2 “Standard for Technical Reviews and Audits on Defense Programs” is the standard for technical reviews and audits to be performed throughout the acquisition life cycle for the US Department of Defense (DoD) and other defense agencies. This standard guides the DoD and contractor on what is required during an PRR

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Updated: 6/22/2021

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