This article provides information about third party inspection expediting services. Normally, expediting of procurement is out of scope of third party inspection agencies, but expediting of inspection and testing is necessary all the time.
Take for example that you as a purchaser have ordered several steam turbines from a vendor, and you agreed with your vendor about the inspection and test plan.
This inspection and test plan identifies the third party inspection scope of work, third party inspection program and all details of your requirement for third party inspection.
Say you specified your third party inspector to witness following items:
As stated in the above example, you have several steam turbines and each one in different construction progress, so coordination for these inspections and tests, issuing inspection visit reports, issuing inspection release notes and issuing inspection certificates all are part of third party inspection expediting.
Vendors normally send the inspection notification (invitation letter for third party inspection) to third party inspection agency several days in advance, to witness the required inspections and tests but some of these inspections cannot be done on the specific date and well-established third party inspection expediting is necessary.
The example can be “monitoring of welding process for casing and steam chest.” In the above example, this welding process will take several months and the monitoring process for each steam turbine needs several days, so coordination for these inspections all are part of expediting.
Some purchasers are confused about third party inspection expediting and think the third party inspection must take care of their project and report to them by progress report, problem solving, and etc.
But the third party inspection agency cannot be involved in such activities. If involved, its impartiality and independency will be under question. The third party inspection agency need only expedite inspection and test activities.
This happens when the purchaser is in one country and the vendor is in another country, and the purchaser expects its third party inspection agency also takes care of its procurement expediting. As stated above, the competent third party inspection agency never accepts to provide such services.
Sometimes is necessary for the third party inspection progress report to be issued by the third party inspection agency to inform the customer of the inspection activities' progress.
This reports is normally accompanied by a table. Each row is for specific equipment, and each column is for a specific inspection or test activity. By ticking, the progress would be identified for any equipment.
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