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1.1 These guidelines are intended as a companion standard to ASTM Standard E541, Criteria for Agencies Engaged in System Analysis and Compliance Assurance for Manufactured Building. Standard
1.2 The preferred method for utilizing these guidelines is for qualified personnel of the administrative agency to visit the system analysis and compliance assurance agencies' headquarters to speak to qualified personnel and examine pertinent records and documentation. Alternatively, the evaluation may be done at any location provided the agency being evaluated is fully informed as to the material and personnel they will need to have on hand for the evaluation.
1.3 Some of the following will not be applicable in the evaluation of an agency that has not had prior experience as a building-evaluation organization. It is not the intent of these guidelines to preclude acceptance of such an agency provided it can otherwise demonstrate that its organizational procedures and experience in other product categories and experience of key personnel reflect a keen awareness of the problems and processes involved in manufactured building evaluation and thus warrant acceptance. In such instances the administrative agency may wish to consider extending provisional acceptance over a definite period of time, during which it is expected that the agency will have opportunity to gain the requisite experience and demonstrate its capabilities and compliance assurance functions for manufactured building.
1.4 Failure of an agency to respond satisfactorily to one or more criteria in the following should not be sole cause for rejection. Such failure should be brought to the agency's attention and be subject to close scrutiny during subsequent reevaluations.
1.5 These guidelines are intended to achieve uniformity in the regulation of manufactured building. It may be necessary to make changes and modifications in order to adapt to legislative or other regulatory requirements of some jurisdictions.
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ASTM E651-92(1998)e1, Standard Guidelines for Evaluating Capabilities of Agencies Involved in System Analysis and Compliance Assurance for Manufactured Building (Withdrawn 2001), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 1998, www.astm.orgBack to Top