Inspection is an essential part of ensuring the operational safety of many items that the public use in their daily lives. Safety of food is a prime example, as are cranes, boilers and pressure vessels used in the workplace. The competency of inspection services employed by central and local government and other organisations to ensure regulatory requirements are being met for these and other devices is assured by IANZ accreditation.
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Types of Inspection Bodies
The various types of inspection bodies accredited or assessed by IANZ include:
- Pressure equipment, cranes and passenger ropeways
- Offshore structures
- Fire sprinklers and alarms
- Meat, dairy, sea foods and other animal products
- Food Safety Programmes
- Drinking water
- Organic foods
About inspection body accreditation
Inspection is the examination of a product design, product, service, process or plant; and determining their conformity with specific requirements. Many types of inspection also involve professional judgement for conformance against standards and general requirements. In such cases, the inspection body must demonstrate that it has the necessary competence to perform the task to achieve IANZ accreditation.
There is a close relationship between inspection, testing and measurement. Inspection involves examinations by qualified personnel using techniques including:
- Visual examination
- Visual comparison with standards (e.g. colour matching)
- Dimensional checks
- Examination using gauges and instruments.
- IANZ General Criteria: Procedures and Conditions of Inspection Body Accreditation.
- IAF/ILAC/ISO equivalence statement for ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17020: 2012
In assessing an inspection body, IANZ gives consideration to:
- Administrative requirements
- Independence, impartiality and integrity
- Confidentiality of information
- Organisation and management
- Quality system
- Personnel numbers and expertise
- Facilities and equipment
- Inspection methods and procedures
- Handling inspection samples and items
- Maintenance of records
- Inspection reports and inspection certificates
- Subcontracting parts of the inspection
- Dealing with complaints and appeals
- Cooperation with other inspection bodies