Prior to publication of a new ICC-ES evaluation report, there must be a qualifying inspection of the facilities manufacturing products to be recognized in the evaluation report. The qualifying inspection is intended to verify that the manufactured products are consistent with the products described in the evaluation report, and that the manufacturer has documented and effectively implemented a quality control system that meets all requirements of the ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria for Quality Documentation (AC10). Inspection agencies must be accredited for inspections of the type of product to be recognized, and must also have accreditation to AC304 (the ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria for Inspection Agencies).
Below are current copies of Appendices A and B of AC10, and the ICC-ES Qualifying Inspection Report (Form Q-21). During the product evaluation process, Appendices A and B must be filled out by the report applicant and submitted to ICC-ES, to provide essential information on the quality system under which the product is manufactured. The Q-21 report is completed during the factory inspection, by a representative of either ICC-ES or a third-party, accredited inspection agency. Copies of the Q-21 are left with the manufacturer and forwarded to the ICC-ES technical staff for follow-up.
Click here to download AC10.
Click here to download Appendix A of AC10.
Click here to download Appendix B of AC10.
Right click here (for better viewing, save as a Word file) to download the Qualifying Inspection Report (Form Q-21).
Some report holders are subject to regular, usually quarterly inspections by a third-party agency.
Click here to download Quality Control Inspection Summary Form
Manufacturers not subject to such inspections are still required to be inspected annually, with the results of these inspections reported to ICC-ES on a form we call the Q-24 (Follow-up Inspection Report).
Click here to download Form Q-24
During all inspections related to ICC-ES evaluation reports, the inspector will:
- Review both the manufacturer's quality documentation and the effective implementation of the quality system.
- Review any special requirements in the evaluation report that may need to be touched upon during the inspection.
- Specify any discrepancies between conditions at the manufacturing plant and ICC-ES requirements.
- Document Corrective Action Requests (CARs), which, in general, must be resolved within 30 days of the inspection.