TABLE IV. First article inspection.
Visual and mechanical inspections
Salt spray test
4.3.3 Sample failures. All samples must meet all of the contract requirements. Failure of a sample
unit to pass any test shall be cause for rejection of the entire lot and to grant first article approval.
4.3.4 First article samples. Samples shall be representative of the construction workmanship,
components, and materials to be used during production. When a manufacturer is in continuous
production of hooks from one contract to another, submission of additional first article samples for a new
contract may be waived at the discretion of the acquiring activity (see 6.2).
18.104.22.168 Disposition of samples. First article samples shall be furnished to the Government as
directed by the contracting officer (see 6.2).
22.214.171.124 First article information. Upon completion of first article inspection, the Government activity
responsible for conducting the inspection program (see 6.2), shall report the results of the inspection, with
appropriate recommendation, to the contracting officer. Approval of the first article samples or the
waiving of first article inspection does not preclude the requirements for performing conformance
4.3.5 First article inspection waiver. Required first article tests may be eliminated if documented
approval has been obtained from the procuring activity. A first article test cannot be waived by DLA
unless the contractor has delivered the same item within the last three years, has no unfavorable quality
history, and has not proposed changes to the processes or changed any subcontractors. DLA will not
accept first article test results outside the stated requirements. All waivers or deviations shall be
approved by the procuring activity.
4.4 Conformance inspection
4.4.1 Group A inspection. For manufacturers that have successfully passed first article inspections
and are continuously producing hooks to this specification, on going inspections shall consist of
individual inspections (see table V) and sampling and periodic inspections (see table VI). If first article is
waived due to prior successful first article inspection the individual inspections and sampling and
periodic inspections shall be the manufactures in house inspection procedures.
TABLE V. Group A inspections.
Visual and mechanical
4.4.2 Group B inspection. Sampling and periodic inspections shall consist of the inspections
specified in table VI. Individual inspections shall be implemented on a continual basis throughout the
production of hooks.