4. QUALITY ASSURANCE PROVISIONS
4.1 Responsibility for inspection. Unless otherwise specified in the contract or
purchase order, the contractor is responsible for the performance of all inspection
requirements (examinations and tests) as specified herein. Except as otherwise
specified in the contract or purchase order, the contractor may use his own or any other
facilities suitable for the performance of the inspection requirements specified herein,
unless disapproved by the Government. The Government reserves the right to perform
any of the inspections set forth in this specification where such inspections are deemed
necessary to ensure supplies and services conform to prescribed requirements.
4.1.1 Responsibility for compliance. All items shall meet all requirements of
sections 3 and 5. The inspection set forth in this specification shall become a part of
the contractor's overall inspection system or quality program. The absence of any
inspection requirements in the specification shall not relieve the contractor of the
responsibility of ensuring that all products or supplies submitted to the Government for
acceptance comply with all requirements of the contract. Sampling inspection, as part
of manufacturing operations, is an acceptable practice to ascertain conformance to
requirements, however, this does not authorize submission of known defective
material, either indicated or actual, nor does it commit the Government to accept
4.2 Classification of inspections. The inspection requirements specified herein
are classified as follows:
a. First article inspection (see 4.4).
b. Quality conformance inspection (see 4.5).
4.3 Inspection conditions. Unless otherwise specified, all inspections shall be
performed in accordance with the test conditions specified in 4.6.
4.4 First article inspection. When specified in the contract or order (see 6.2) a
first article sample shall be subjected to first article inspection. The quantity shall be
as specified in the contract or order. First article inspection shall consist of all
examinations and tests specified herein. Subsequent units shall not be considered for
acceptance until Government approval of the first article sample has been obtained.
The first article shall have been manufactured using the same production processes,
procedures, and equipment which will be used in fulfilling the contract.
4.5 Quality conformance inspection. Quality conformance inspections for
acceptance of material shall consist of selected examinations and tests as shown in
table I. Failure to pass any of the inspections specified herein constitutes rejection of