An Inspection of Technical and Organisational Conditions (a TOC Inspection) is one of the key elements of the product certification process. The main purpose of a TOC Inspection is to verify and confirm that the applicant has organisational and technical resources to maintain production reproducibility.
An inspector will take samples for laboratory testing during a TOC Inspection, as a rule.
What is checked during TOC Inspections?
- The Quality Management System (system procedures and accompanying documentation).
- Delivery receipt process (acceptance and inspection of goods, handling faulty raw materials/ elements/ components, supplier qualification).
- Production processes (production supervision, documentation relating to supervision ad certified products, intermediate processes.
- The final examination of the finished product (the methods of examination and examination testing, process documentation, evidence, staff qualifications, designation).
- Measurement and control equipment (supervision of the measurement and control equipment, calibration, inspections and designation).
- End processes (packing, instructions, appendices, accompanying documentation, warehousing, dispatch and transport).
Main principles of a TOC Inspection:
- The product undergoing certification must be in production during an Inspection of Technical and Organisational Conditions.
- The inspector must be allowed access to all the elements of the production process and documentation that are crucial to the assessed product.
- The applicant’s representative ought to accompany the Product Certification Body’s inspector throughout the inspection.