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This specification defines the minimum requirements for inspection agency personnel or testing agency laboratory personnel, or both, and the minimum technical requirements for equipment and procedures utilized in the testing and inspection of construction and materials used in construction. Criteria provided herein shall be used for evaluating the capability of the agency to properly perform designated tests on construction materials, as well as establishing essential characteristics pertaining to the organization, personnel, facilities, and quality systems of the agency.
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Significance and Use
4.1 The inspection and testing of construction activities and the materials used in construction are important elements in obtaining quality construction in general compliance with the contract documents. An agency providing construction inspection, testing, or Special Inspection, must be selected with care after a comprehensive evaluation of their competency to perform the services properly and in compliance with the approved project plans and specifications.
4.2 This specification provides minimum criteria for use in assessing the qualifications of construction inspection, testing, and Special Inspection agencies. The criteria may be supplemented by more specific criteria and requirements for particular classes of testing or types of inspection agencies. An individual user can also use it to judge the competency of an agency.
4.3 The intent of this specification is to provide a standardized basis for requirements for a technically oriented construction inspection, testing, or Special Inspection agency, with respect to the agency's capability to objectively and competently provide the specific services without prejudice.
4.4 Typically, assessing an agency involves the following three essential sequential phases:
4.4.1 Submittal of basic information in accordance with the criteria of this specification to the accreditation body by an agency desiring to be accredited to this specification,
4.4.2 Assessment of the agency-submitted information by the accreditation body, and
4.4.3 On-site assessment of the agency by the accreditation body.
1.1 This specification defines the minimum requirements for agencies engaged in any of the following:
(a) Inspection of specified methods and materials used in construction,
(b) Special Inspection, and
(c) Testing of materials used in construction.
1.2 Criteria are provided for assessing the competence of an agency to properly perform designated inspections, tests, or Special Inspection services. This specification establishes essential characteristics pertaining to the organization, management, personnel, facilities, quality systems, responsibilities, duties, inspection and testing 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 activities and materials used in construction with regulations, codes, standards, and approved project plans and specifications containing the requirements against which the inspection or test, or both, will be performed. Specific or general requirements include:
126.96.36.199 Facilities and management of the agency,
188.8.131.52 Sufficiency and technical competency of personnel,
184.108.40.206 Suitability, calibration, and maintenance of equipment,
220.127.116.11 Quality system, audit, and review,
18.104.22.168 Responsibilities, duties, and authority of agencies,
22.214.171.124 Validity and appropriateness of sampling, testing, and inspection methods and procedures,
126.96.36.199 Management of records,
188.8.131.52 Reporting, review, and transmission of test and inspection data or findings, and
184.108.40.206 Specific requirements for identified fields (concrete, soil, etc.).
1.3 This specification can be used as a basis to assess an agency and is intended for use in accrediting agencies, public or private, engaged in inspection, testing, and Special Inspection of construction activities and materials used in construction. These 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 to assess the competency of agencies in the fields covered by Specification .
1.4 A certificate of accreditation, including the scope of accreditation, is required to comply with this specification.
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 inspections or tests requested by the user.
1.6 This specification is not intended to:
(a) circumvent or replace the agreement between the agency and the owner that should clearly define the responsibilities and authorities of the agency;
(b) address design requirements that supersede applicable codes, laws, and regulations; or
(c) address construction means, methods, techniques, or sequences.
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 Firestops
E2393 Practice for On-Site Inspection of Installed Fire Resistive Joint Systems and Perimeter Fire Barriers
ICS Number Code 91.100.01 (Construction materials)
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ASTM E329-14a, Standard Specification for Agencies Engaged in Construction Inspection, Testing, or Special Inspection, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.orgBack to Top