FAQ 42

In clause 7.1.6 of the standard refers to “information supplied by any other party as part of of the inspection process”. Could you examples of what type of information this could be? Could it include inspection results?

STANDARD: ISO/IEC 17020  ·  CLAUSE: Clause 7.1.6  ·  TOPIC: Inspection Methods and Procedures

Answer:

Inspection results and information are two different things. Information can be supplied by “any other party”, but inspection results can only be supplied by subcontractors, as described in section 6.3.

Information as referred to in clause 7.1.6 is often supplied by the client. One example would be the owner of an offshore steel platform, providing structural drawings and design calculations identifying stress levels at extreme wave conditions to an inspection body contracted to plan and perform NDT of critical joints.

FAQ 40

In clause 7.1.2 of the standard it is stated that the inspection body shall have and use adequate documented instructions on inspection planning and inspection techniques, where the absence of such instructions could jeopardize the effectiveness of the inspection process. Could you give examples of when such instructions would be required?

STANDARD: ISO/IEC 17020  ·  CLAUSE: Clause 7.1.2  ·  TOPIC: Inspection Methods and Procedures

Answer:

In our experience, the normal situation is that the absence of instructions can jeopardize the effectiveness of the inspection process. There could be a number of reasons for this, e.g.

– the inspection points/hold points need to be agreed before the inspection activity is initiated;
– the choice of items or locations to be inspected cannot be considered random;
– different local situations or characteristics of the items or locations to be inspected allow for a choice between different inspection techniques; or
– adequate sampling requires advance planning and/or preparations.