Don’t Leave China Without One!
A Final Article Inspection is like your insurance policy against poor quality. It is performed when completed goods are ready for shipment from China. A sample of goods is selected at random and checked against your product specifications to ensure compliance, including packaging and labelling. A full report is produced after the checks are undertaken and photographic evidence provided.
How do we do it?
Your inspector randomly selects products from the completed batch to test. Faults that are identified are then classified into three categories, minor, major and critical, and then counted. If the number of faults exceeds the standard acceptable quantity (see AQL table), then the overall inspection fails, and corrective action will be required.
The three defect categories are;
- Critical Defect When the product fails to meet mandatory specifications and is unfit for sale.
- Major Defects When the product is likely to result in a function failure or its usability is likely to be reduced as a result of the defect. This is also applicable when the product has signs of obvious disfiguration which may potentially affect its saleability.
- Minor Defects When the defect is slight and is unlikely to reduce its usability and/or function and may or may not reduce the saleability of the product.
A sample of an approved product will be required for the inspection so our inspector can cross-reference this against the finished goods.
The quality inspector then checks the finished goods against the following criteria;
- Product Appearance: does the product conform to specifications with respect to shape, appearance, style and colour?
- Performance: does the item function as required, and does it meet other rudimentary tests as requested by the client?
- Workmanship: does it correspond with the sample supplied and where the numbers of detected defective samples within AQL acceptable limits?
- Assembly: are the components of the item well assembled without loose, missing or damaged parts? Does the product function properly after repeated manipulation?
- Accessories: are all the accessories included and do they match the sample description?
- Material: whether the material is the same as the reference sample description? How does it touch and feel compared with the sample?
- Colours: do they match the reference sample and are the colours uniform throughout the sample selection?
- Size and Measurements: does this comply with the reference sample?
- Weight: where applicable, is this consistent with the reference sample and the quantity?
- Assortment: where goods need to be packaged in assortment, compliance with this is checked.
- Quantity Status: does the quantity conform to your specifications (purchase order)?
- Shipping Marks: do shipping marks conform with your specifications (photos to be provided)?
- Carton Status: are they packed and sealed appropriately and fit for transport (dry, clean and stored correctly)?
- Packing and Marking: does this conform with your request; including packing method, packing material, barcode, printing and so on?
- Factory Warehouse: an on-site inspection and factory photos will be taken and provided.
- Container Inspection: is the container in good condition: dry, clean and in a suitable condition to undergo the voyage?
Full details of product specifications, packaging and labelling requirements will be required.
Depending on the size of the order, the location of the factory and the travel time to get there, a full Final Article Inspection can be completed and emailed within 48 hours of commencement. Any questions regarding the findings in the report can be answered through the China Blueprint Sydney office. If a follow-up inspection is required or further tests need to be undertaken, clients can choose the same inspector to undertake these activities.
Basic Document Check
The basic document check, confirms a suppliers business registration documents, including company registration, import & export license, tax certificate and any other compliance documentation provided. It is a cross-reference check with the certifying Chinese governing bodies that authorise Chinese company registration, confirming legitimacy.
These checks can normally be undertaken quickly and efficiently, allowing you to get on with business. It does not include a factory site visit.
How do you order one?
To undertake a Basic Document Check, China Blueprint simply requires the Chinese company name. The report takes 1-2 weeks (unless urgent) and will be provided in pdf format via email. Request a quote for this service.
This detailed report provides important business and manufacturing information to help you select a qualified manufacturer with confidence. It includes a full examination of the factory’s business documents, their assembly and machinery, their quality control processes and their financial information. It is a physical on-site audit of the factory.
Why is a factory audit necessary?
When selecting a Chinese manufacturer, you need accurate information to help determine their suitability. Some Chinese factories are notorious for poor quality, unfair working conditions, child labour and environmental degradation, so it’s up to you to know this information prior to entering into any business agreement. China Blueprint will send a qualified inspector to the factory site to check business documents, machinery, manufacturing processes and people, documenting and photographing this information to provide you with an accurate insight into the factories true production capacity.
- A review of the factory’s formal business documents; business registration, exporting license, testing certifications, accounting documents;
- A report on the factories operational structure; systems in place, employee breakdown, machinery types, recording processes, quality assurance and systems related certificates, inspection track record;
- Photographic representations: factory entrance, factory production line, machinery, administrative offices, business documents, storage facilities, packing rooms, sampling rooms;
- Charts: factory organizational flow chart, production workflow chart;
- Production information; production line/capacity calculations, daily output checks, information of sensitive points/bottlenecks, machinery condition, power supply, transportation;
- Raw materials; supplier and sub-supplier details;
- Sampling; details of sampling capacity; and
- Any client special requests.
Each of these categories is scored out of 5 to assist with determining manufacturing suitability and provide you with a benchmark score with which you can base your decisions on.
How long does it take?
Depending on the location of the factory and the travel time to get there, a full Factory Audit report can be completed and emailed within 48 hours upon commencement. Any questions regarding the findings in the report can be answered through the China Blueprint Sydney office. If a follow-up inspection is required or further tests need to be undertaken, you can choose the same inspector to undertake these activities.
How do you order one?
To order a factory inspection, you need to contact our office and supply us with the factory location. We would also like you to explain to us if there are any specific processes or machinery you require us to identify that are important to your final decision.
Unlike other inspection companies, China Blueprint assists you with the process from start to finish. We discuss with you the inspection process, important inspection issues that you my not have considered, and how to interpret your inspection report. If the inspection reveals faults or errors we can even assist you with working with the factory to resolve these.
We normally require at least 7 days prior to the inspection date for inspection requests, however we will consider urgent requests, so do not hesitate to contact us, we are your eyes and ears on the ground in China!