Product inspections are a vital component of a business’ quality control program. They help to ensure quality control in the manufacturing process, and can protect against product recalls, customer complaints, and reputational damage.
An independent inspection allows business to check that your product specifications including quality, functionality and performance requirements have been met. Ultimately, product inspections prevent defective products from reaching the end consumer.
Product inspections can be carried out at any stage of the production process. They are available from the initial production setup stage to the pre-shipment and container loading stages. Leveraging a trusted-third party’s product inspection services increases visibility in your supply chain and helps you establish robust quality control checkpoints throughout your production process.
What Happens in a Product Inspection?
During an inspection, a QIMA inspector will check products at certain production stages against a comprehensive checklist.
In each inspection, this checklist is tailored according to the product in question and the needs of the client. However, checks typically assess the following:
Packing and packaging is also typically checked and product-specific tests are usually conducted. Checks can also be made according to the stage of production that has been reached. For example, inspections carried out at the start of production will include checks of raw materials.
Off-the-shelf checklists are available that are designed to match particular products. If customized checks are required, you can add to one of these checklists or create your own.
For all non-food product inspections, we use the internationally recognized ANSI / ASQ Z1.4 (ISO 2859-1) statistical sampling procedure. This procedure ensures that the inspected products are a representative sample, not a sample that your supplier wants you to test. The test inspects attributes of a product and establishes a percentage of nonconforming units for every 100 units. To determine the sample size and acceptance threshold, we use the acceptable quality limit (AQL) international standard.
What Are the Benefits of Product Inspection Services?
Our product inspection services give you control over your manufacturing quality control program. Some of the benefits include:
Ensuring product quality at every production stage
Checking that your specifications are being adhered to by suppliers
Increasing efficiency of your production line
Avoiding recalls and reputational damage
Anticipating production and shipment delays
Optimizing your quality control budget
Ensure that your products are safe for transit
How Are Inspection Results Provided?
Clients receive a detailed inspection report, delivered on the same day as the inspection and accessible in their online QIMA account. This report outlines the findings of the inspection, including photos of any defects found, and gives an overall pass/fail outcome.
If you need help creating a corrective action plan (CAP) to address quality concerns, QIMA offers Auditing Services that can help to identify problem areas in your supply chain.
QIMA provides independent quality control designed to protect your business interests. Our highly trained and experienced inspectors are product experts who receive regular training in their field of specialization.
We operate in 100 countries and have deep expertise in regionalized regulations and standards that might pertain to your product.
Our inspectors can be onsite at your factory within 48 hours of booking, and reports are provided on the same day as the inspection.
Take Your Quality Management Online
QIMA offers an intelligent online platform to help you seamlessly manage your quality control and global supply network.
Easily book, cancel or reschedule inspections, make payments or download your inspection reports with just a few clicks. We also provide a customizable dashboard with all of your quality control data, so you can identify trends and make informed decisions in realtime.
QIMA ensures your product is being manufactured to your specifications. We operate in 100 countries worldwide, and have regulatory expertise in all of the regions we serve. Leverage QIMA’s product inspection services to bring your product to market with confidence. Contact us today.