Inspections of factory production facilities and quality management systems is a key part of most product certification programs accredited to ISO/IEC 17065. While laboratory testing provides information on specific product samples at one point in time, it does not address the performance of products manufactured in the future. Inspections assess the quality systems put in place to produce products that are comparable to the tested samples.

ICC-SRCC requires periodic inspections for the OG-100, OG-300, OG-400 and listing programs for solar thermal products. Listees are notified early each year whether an inspection will be required on a given year. New listees must undergo an inspection within 6 months of the award of the first certification or listing.

During inspections the inspector will:

  • Review the quality documentation and confirm the effective implementation of the quality system.
  • Verify any special requirements in the certification.
  • Identify any discrepancies between conditions at the production facility and ICC-SRCC requirements.
  • Document Corrective Actions to address non-conformities.

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Qualifying Inspections

Initial inspection for new quality systems and production facilities. Must be completed within 6 months of the award of the first certification for a product. Qualifying inspections set the baseline for future inspections.

Surveillance Inspections

Follow-up inspections for facilities and quality systems that have been subject to a previous qualifying inspection. Focuses on any changes, checks implementation, and confirms compliance with program requirements.