Standard Criteria for Evaluation of Agencies Involved in Testing, Quality Assurance, and Evaluating Building Components in Accordance with Test Methods Promulgated by ASTM Committee E-6
|Publication Date:||10 December 1999|
1.1 This standard provides a guide for the information to be obtained and provides specific recommended criteria for evaluating the capabilities of an agency to conduct tests and to report on tests performed in accordance with the standards promulgated by Committee E-6 on Performance of Building Constructions.
1.2 The criteria in this standard describe the basic information used in judging the capability of an agency to perform its intended functions objectively and competently as well as to disclose possible conflicts of interest judged from the standpoint of the user of this standard. Testing, approval, and certification of a company's own products and services by its own testing agency does not necessarily constitute a conflict of interest.
1.3 The criteria presented herein are divided into three categories of endeavor, namely,
Part A--Standards and Criteria for Testing Agencies
Part B--Standards and Criteria for Quality Assurance Agencies
Part C--Standards and Criteria for Evaluating Agencies
1.4 The fundamental purpose of this standard is to provide criteria for evaluating an agency as denoted in 1.3 either by a user of that service or by an accrediting authority.
1.5 It is not the purpose of this standard to provide a basis for determining the quality of a product or service being evaluated.
1.6 This standard is not intended for the evaluation of those activities normally associated with the production and sale of products and the like, such as a manufacturer's internal quality program. However, any organization may request or perform an evaluation of its own in-house facilities under this standard if it so desires.
1.7 It is not the intent of this standard to be the basis for the determination of the type of agency to be selected by the user.