QA Sign-Off vs. Conditional Sign-Off

Darshit Shah
2 min readSep 2, 2020


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What is a QA sign-off?

The principle point of a QA is to ensure that the application meets the client’s needs (application should behave adequately, run smoothly, etc...) without hurting the application. The proper method of pronouncing this cycle is sign-off. The QA can recognize/acknowledge that they have reviewed and tested the application, and now the application is prepared to deliver.

What is a conditional sign-off?

When the application doesn’t meet the exit criteria, the QA can do the Conditional Sign Off. For instance, when the application development exercises cross the cutoff time/deadline, and the tester has not finished testing, they can do the Conditional Sign-Off after speaking with their Test Manager.


Apart from this QA, do conditional sign-off when the application does not meet the exit criteria. The conditional sign-off is ultimately a way for you to accept exiting the testing but with a list of agreed conditions to move forward.

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Darshit Shah
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Darshit Shah

Hello! I’m Darshit Shah - ISTQB Certified Software QA Engineer with 13+ years of experience. I believe that by sharing our stories, we can grow together.