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 disapproval 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 alI 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 defective
4.2 Classification of inspections. The inspection requirements specified herein are classified as
a. First article inspection (see 4.4)
b. Quality conformance inspection (see 4.5)
c. Periodic production inspection (see 4.6)
4.3 Inspection conditions. Unless otherwise specified, all inspections shall be performed in
accordance with the test conditions specified in the applicable test.
4.4 First article inspection. A first article sample of one test set manufactured in accordance
with 3.1 and packaged in accordance with Section 5 (packaging level to be specified by contract
or order), shall be subjected to the examination and tests of figure 1 at an activity to be
determined by the contracting activity (see 6.2). Durability tests shall be conducted in the sequence
shown by the figure. Where indicated by figure 1, inspection and quality conformance tests shall
be performed following durability tests. Acceptance of the sample shall be based on no defects
in this sample. Further production of test sets by the supplier prior to acceptance of the first
article sample shall be at the supplier's risk
4.5 Quality conformance inspection. Each test set shall be subjected to all inspections and tests
of 4.8. Any test set that does not successfully meet all requirements when subjected to these
inspections and tests shall be regarded defective.