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1.1 This specification defines the minimum requirements for inspection agency personnel or testing agency laboratory personnel engaged in:
a. Construction Inspection of construction and materials used in construction.
b. Special Inspection of construction and materials used in construction.
c. Testing of materials used in construction.
1.2 Criteria is provided for evaluating the competence of an agency to properly perform designated tests, inspections, or Special Inspection services, and establishes essential characteristics pertaining to the organization, management, personnel, facilities, quality systems, responsibilities, duties, test and inspection methods, records, and reports of the agency. This specification may be supplemented by more specific criteria and requirements if required.
1.2.1 This specification specifically addresses factors relevant to an agency’s ability to produce precise, accurate test data or determine the conformity of construction and materials used in construction with regulations, codes, standards, or specifications containing the requirements against which the test or inspection will be performed, or both. Specific or general requirements include:
126.96.36.199 Technical competency of staff,
188.8.131.52 Validity and appropriateness of test and inspection methods and procedures,
184.108.40.206 Traceability of measurements and calibrations to national standards,
220.127.116.11 Suitability, calibration, and maintenance of test equipment,
18.104.22.168 Sampling, handling, and transportation of test items,
22.214.171.124 Quality assurance of test and inspection data,
126.96.36.199 Reporting of test and inspection data or findings, and
188.8.131.52 Non Conformance Report (NCR) management and records.
1.3 This specification can be used as a basis to evaluate an agency and is intended for use in qualifying or accrediting, or both, agencies, public or private, engaged in the testing of materials and Construction or Special inspection of construction and materials used in construction. These inspection services include but are not limited to reinforced concrete, precast concrete, structural steel erection, welding, bolting, soil and rock, foundations, masonry, sprayed fire-resistive materials, fire stops, exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS), and Special Cases. Building officials can use Specification E329 as a tool in the qualification and establishment of competency of Construction inspection or Special inspection and testing agencies in the fields covered by Specification E329.
1.4 A certificate of accreditation, including the scope of accreditation, is required to comply with this standard.
1.5 The users of an accredited agency must review the agency's scope of accreditation to ensure the agency has been accredited for its technical competence to perform the specific tests or inspections requested by the user.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
A880 Practice for Criteria for Use in Evaluation of Testing Laboratories and Organizations for Examination and Inspection of Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys
C1077 Practice for Agencies Testing Concrete and Concrete Aggregates for Use in Construction and Criteria for Testing Agency Evaluation
C1093 Practice for Accreditation of Testing Agencies for Masonry
D3666 Specification for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Testing and Inspecting Road and Paving Materials
D3740 Practice for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Engaged in Testing and/or Inspection of Soil and Rock as Used in Engineering Design and Construction
E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines
E543 Specification for Agencies Performing Nondestructive Testing
E605 Test Methods for Thickness and Density of Sprayed Fire-Resistive Material (SFRM) Applied to Structural Members
E736 Test Method for Cohesion/Adhesion of Sprayed Fire-Resistive Materials Applied to Structural Members
E1513 Practice for Application of Sprayed Fire-Resistive Materials (SFRMs)
E2174 Practice for On-Site Inspection of Installed Fire Stops
E2393 Practice for On-Site Inspection of Installed Fire Resistive Joint Systems and Perimeter Fire Barriers
ICS Number Code 91.100.01 (Construction materials)