Factory Acceptance Test: A Comprehensive Checklist

Quality inspection is paramount to ensure that products manufactured meet accepted quality and safety standards. In this article, we looked at quality inspections carried out at the beginning of the manufacturing process. Let’s now look at the type of inspection that you as the manufacturer or accepting customer can order as the final check in the manufacturing process – that last pre-shipment inspection of the product before it leaves the factory for delivery to the customer. This test is known as the Factory Acceptance Test or FAT.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore what the Factory Acceptance Test is, its importance, provide a checklist of what it entails and explain why it’s conducted on the manufacturer’s site.

What Is the Factory Acceptance Test?

The Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) is a rigorous evaluation conducted on equipment or machinery to ensure that it meets predefined specifications and performs as intended before it is shipped to the customer. Essentially, it’s a final quality assurance step before the product leaves the factory floor.

Why is the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) Important?

The FAT serves as a critical quality control measure, providing assurance to both manufacturers and customers that the product meets expectations. By conducting an FAT, you can identify and address any issues or defects before the product reaches the customer, minimising the risk of costly rework, delays, or customer dissatisfaction.

What Factory Acceptance Test Standards Do We Check For?

Specific standards may vary depending on the industry and product type and we are familiar with all that apply. Common standards include ISO 9001 for quality management systems and ASTM or ASME standards for mechanical equipment. Industry-specific standards and regulations like FDA regulations for medical devices or ASME B31.3 for piping systems may also apply. Our role is to ensure that the relevant standards are met before your product leaves your factory. 

Factory Acceptance Test Protocol

The Factory Acceptance Test Protocol outlines the procedures and requirements for conducting the test. It typically includes:

  • Test plan: This is a detailed plan outlining the tests to be conducted, including acceptance criteria and performance standards.
  • Test procedures: This provides step-by-step instructions for conducting each test, including equipment set-up, data collection and evaluation criteria.
  • Test documentation: This provides comprehensive documentation of test results, including test reports, certificates and any deviations from specifications.

Factory Acceptance Test Checklist

When we conduct a Factory Acceptance Test, we typically follow the following checklist:

  • Verification of Specifications: We ensure that the product meets all agreed-upon specifications outlined in the contract or purchase order. This includes verifying dimensions, materials, performance parameters, and any other technical requirements specified by the customer.
  • Functional Testing: We conduct thorough functional tests to verify that the product operates as intended under normal operating conditions. We test all functionalities, modes of operation and performance capabilities according to the product’s specifications. We also perform stress testing or endurance testing to assess the product’s performance under extreme conditions or prolonged use.
  • Safety Checks: We verify that the product complies with all relevant safety standards and regulations applicable to its intended use, testing features such as emergency stops, overload protection, interlocks and fail-safe mechanisms. We also ensure that warning labels, safety instructions and user manuals are provided and are clearly visible.
  • Documentation Review: We review all documentation related to the product, including operation manuals, maintenance instructions, test reports and certificates of compliance, verifying that documentation is complete and accurate and that all necessary revisions and updates have been incorporated.
  • Packaging Inspection: We inspect the packaging to ensure that it will protect the product during transportation and handling. To ascertain this, we check for any signs of damage, or improper sealing that could compromise the integrity of the packaging and that packaging materials are correctly positioned to prevent movement or vibration during transit.
  • Calibration and Measurement: We calibrate all measurement instruments and test equipment used during the FAT to ensure accuracy and reliability of test results. We also check that all measurement data is recorded accurately and meets established calibration standards.
  • Operational Training: Our assurance of standards goes beyond the manufacturer’s responsibilities. We also provide training to the customer’s staff so that they can properly operate and maintain the product and can troubleshoot when needed. We demonstrate key features, functions and operating procedures to ensure that they are familiar with the product’s operation and safety precautions and we address any questions or concerns raised by the customer regarding product operation, maintenance or performance.
  • Customer Acceptance: The final stage of the Factory Acceptance Test is to obtain formal acceptance from the customer confirming that the product meets their requirements and expectations. We ensure that customer acceptance is documented in writing, including any conditions or reservations expressed by the customer. We address any outstanding issues or concerns identified during the FAT to ensure customer satisfaction and compliance with contractual obligations.
  • By following a comprehensive Factory Acceptance Test checklist, you as the manufacturer can be assured that your products meet quality standards, performance specifications and customer expectations before they are delivered to the customer. 

Why Do We Perform FAT on the Manufacturer’s Site and Not the Customer’s?

Conducting the FAT on the manufacturer’s site offers several advantages. We have access to all necessary equipment, tools and personnel to conduct thorough testing and can provide immediate resolution to any issues uncovered. Having access to the right equipment ensures that all aspects of the product’s performance can be evaluated comprehensively, from functionality and reliability to safety and durability. Manufacturers can customise testing set-ups and configurations as needed to simulate real-world operating conditions and assess the product’s performance under various scenarios. With their skilled personnel on site, we can identify and diagnose issues more effectively during the testing process and gain valuable insights and recommendations for optimising the product’s performance and addressing any deficiencies uncovered during testing.

One of the most significant advantages of conducting the FAT on the manufacturer’s site is the ability to provide immediate resolution to any issues or defects uncovered during testing. Whether it involves troubleshooting technical problems, fine-tuning performance parameters, or implementing design modifications, manufacturers can take swift corrective action to ensure that the product meets all specified requirements and quality standards.

This proactive approach not only accelerates the testing process but also instils confidence in the product’s reliability and performance, demonstrating the manufacturer’s commitment to delivering a high-quality product that meets customer expectations.

So, whether you are a manufacturer seeking the final confirmation that your product meets the required standards before it leaves your factory, or you are the customer needing this verification before accepting delivery of the goods, Global Inspection Managing can support you in conducting the Factory Acceptance Test. Contact us today to find out more.

Why First Article Inspection is Critical to Your Manufacturing Process

Validating that your products meet the required contractual and safety standards of manufacture is vital for any manufacturing process. Inspections can take place for incoming raw materials that you use in the manufacturing process or at the very end as a final inspection before the product leaves the factory. However, within the manufacturing process at certain stages, other inspections are needed. 

In this article, we will explore what we call the First Article Inspection, when and why it is needed, what it entails and how it is different from the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP).

What Is a First Article Inspection?

A First Article Inspection (FAI) is a comprehensive examination and verification of the first production item from a new production run or a new part. It involves comparing the physical characteristics, dimensions and performance of the first article against engineering drawings, specifications and quality standards to ensure conformity and accuracy.

When Should a First Article Inspection Occur?

FAI should ideally occur at the onset of a new production run or when introducing a new part into production. It serves as a critical checkpoint to validate that the manufacturing processes are capable of producing parts that meet design specifications and quality requirements.

First Article Inspection Example

To gain a comprehensive understanding of a first article inspection and its essential components, it’s beneficial to examine a First Article Inspection Form.

Similar to other quality processes, a first article inspection requires thorough documentation and mutual agreement among all involved parties. This documentation ensures that the assessment details are recorded accurately and acknowledged by all stakeholders.

Having a documented first article inspection serves as a reference point for both the supplier and the buyer in case of any potential issues arising in the future with the product or production run. It establishes a clear record of the initial assessment for future reference and resolution.

What Happens During an FAI?

During an FAI, inspectors meticulously examine the first production item to ensure that it meets all specified requirements. They verify dimensions, tolerances, material properties and functional performance through a combination of physical inspection, measurements and testing.

How To Conduct an Effective FAI?

Conducting an effective FAI involves several key steps that we include in any First Article Inspection checklist:

  • Preparation: We gather all relevant documentation, including engineering drawings, specifications and quality standards and develop a comprehensive FAI plan outlining the inspection methods, sampling plan, and acceptance criteria.
  • Physical Inspection: We physically inspect the first article against the engineering drawings and specifications, verifying dimensions, tolerances, surface finishes and material properties.
  • Functional Testing: We conduct functional tests to verify that the part performs as intended under normal operating conditions. This may include stress tests, performance evaluations or environmental testing.
  • Documentation: We document all inspection results, including measurements, test data, and observations, in a detailed First Article Inspection Report (FAIR) and ensure that the FAIR complies with industry standards. For example, we will conduct an AS9102 First Article Inspection to ensure compliance to the standard AS9102 for aerospace applications.
  • Review and Approval: We review the FAIR with you and your customer to obtain approval for production and address any discrepancies or non-conformities identified during the FAI process.

What is the Difference between PPAP and FAI?

While both the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) and FAI serve as integral components of quality assurance in manufacturing, they are distinct processes designed to fulfil different purposes.

PPAP is a comprehensive product inspection protocol aimed at validating the production process itself. It is primarily concerned with ensuring that parts meet customer requirements consistently over time. PPAP involves a systematic review of the manufacturing process, including documentation of procedures, verification of tooling and equipment, and validation of production capabilities. The goal of PPAP is to establish confidence in the production process’s ability to consistently produce parts that meet specified requirements.

FAI, on the other hand, is specifically focused on the initial production run of a new part or product. Its primary objective is to verify that the first article or prototype of the product meets design specifications and quality standards before full-scale production commences. FAI involves a detailed examination and evaluation of the initial production item, comparing its dimensions, characteristics, and performance against engineering drawings and specifications. The purpose of FAI is to identify any discrepancies or non-conformities early in the production process, ensuring that subsequent production runs meet the desired quality standards.

First Article Inspection is a critical quality assurance process that validates the first production item from a new production run or part introduction. To maintain consistent quality in your production process when you introduce new components, ask us about FAI today.

What is IQC Inspection and Why Is It Critical to Your Manufacturing Processes?

As a manufacturer, a key part of your manufacturing process is ensuring quality at each stage of production. Incoming Quality Control (IQC) is an important component to the quality assurance process and one of the most critical, being at the start of your production process.

In this article, we’ll explore what IQC is, the risks associated with not incorporating IQC advanced inspection solutions into your processes, and the different types of IQC inspection you should be considering along with the advantages it will bring to your business. We’ll also provide clear insights into the challenges that can arise, what you can expect from your IQC inspector in terms of support during onsite inspection, and how to select an inspection team that is aligned with your quality control objectives. 

What is IQC?

IQC, or Incoming Quality Control, is a quality management process that involves inspecting incoming raw materials or components to ensure they meet predefined quality standards before they are used in your manufacturing process. This can include pre-shipment inspection as well as material inspection. 

From visual inspections that scrutinise surface imperfections to dimensional checks that ensure components fit like pieces of a puzzle, IQC covers every aspect quality control. Consider it the first line of defence to prevent quality issues from infiltrating the manufacturing process. It’s the proactive stance that says, “We won’t compromise on quality, not now, not ever.”

What are the Risks of Inadequate IQC Processes? 

The risks associated with inadequate IQC processes are significant. Using subpar materials in manufacturing can lead to product defects, increased rework or scrap rates, customer dissatisfaction, and even potential safety hazards. Moreover, it can result in production delays and increased costs due to the need for corrective measures or replacements. Let’s take a look at each of these in turn. 

Product Defects: Adopting substandard materials in manufacturing increases the likelihood of defects in the final product. These defects may manifest as structural weaknesses, poor performance, or functional failures, ultimately compromising the product’s reliability and longevity. When these reach the end user, their satisfaction and possible safety, as well as your reputation is a trusted supplier is at risk. 

Customer Dissatisfaction: Delivering products with inferior quality can erode customer trust and loyalty. Dissatisfied customers may voice complaints, request refunds or replacements, and even switch to competitors, again destroying the reputation you have worked hard to establish.

Potential Safety Hazards: In industries where product safety is paramount, such as automotive, aerospace, or healthcare, using subpar materials can pose significant safety risks. Faulty components may lead to equipment malfunction, operational failures, or, in extreme cases, accidents or injuries, exposing both consumers and you as the manufacturer to legal liabilities and reputational damage.

Production Delays: Dealing with quality issues at later stages of production can disrupt workflow schedules and lead to costly delays. You may need to halt production lines, conduct emergency inspections, source alternative materials, or implement corrective actions, all of which contribute to inefficiencies and lost productivity.

Increased Costs: Addressing quality issues post-production incurs additional expenses. Whether it involves reworking defective parts, scrapping unusable materials, or implementing corrective measures, these costs can quickly escalate and eat into profit margins. Moreover, the longer defects go unnoticed, the costlier it becomes to rectify them, as they may have already propagated downstream in the production process.

The way to mitigate these risks is to incorporate IQC inspections into your processes. Investing in robust, professional IQC inspection processes not only safeguards product quality, but also protects against potential financial losses, regulatory penalties and reputational harm. It underscores the importance of proactive quality management strategies that prioritise the integrity and reliability of incoming materials.

What to Expect with IQC Inspection

IQC inspection is the systematic evaluation of incoming materials to verify their quality, conformity to specifications and suitability for use in production as a first line of defence. 

IQC inspections can take various forms depending on the nature of the materials being assessed and the specific requirements of the manufacturing process. They can take the form of Initial Production Check (IPC), During Production Inspection (DUPRO) or  Raw Material Inspection. The following are some of the most common types of IQC inspections: 

Visual Inspection: Often the first step in the quality control process, visual inspection involves a thorough examination with the naked eye of incoming materials for any visible defects or irregularities such as scratches, dents and discolouration. By visually inspecting each material, inspectors can quickly identify any issues that may affect its quality or suitability for use in production. 

Dimensional Inspection: With precise measuring tools such as calipers, micrometers or coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), inspectors can measure components to ensure they meet specified tolerances as well as length, width, depth, diameter, and other dimensions of components. Dimensional inspection is crucial for maintaining product quality and preventing issues related to poor fit or alignment.

Functional Testing: Functional testing assesses the performance and functionality of components to ensure they meet design requirements and specifications. Components are subjected to various tests and simulations to evaluate their performance under real-world conditions. Examples of functional tests include stress testing, endurance testing and performance benchmarking. This proactive approach means you can address potential issues before they impact product quality or performance.

Material Testing: Material testing involves analysing the composition, properties and behaviour of raw materials to ensure they meet quality standards and specifications. Materials can be subjected to chemical analysis, hardness testing and mechanical testing. Chemical analysis identifies the elemental composition of materials, while hardness testing assesses their resistance to indentation or deformation. Mechanical testing evaluates material strength, ductility and other mechanical properties. 

By employing a combination of inspections and testing, you can identify and address potential quality issues early in the production process, minimising risks and ensuring consistent product quality. Let’s look at the advantages IQC inspection brings to your manufacturing business in more detail.

IQC Inspection Advantages

Quality Assurance: We’ve already established that, in manufacturing, quality assurance is essential for ensuring products meet standards. By carefully examining incoming materials, IQC inspection helps maintain the foundation of quality upon which products are built. 

Cost Reduction: By identifying defects early in the production process, IQC inspection helps minimise wastage and the need for expensive rework or warranty claims. This proactive approach saves you money by preventing potential losses and maximising resource efficiency.

Compliance: IQC inspection helps you navigate compliance requirements from various regulations and standards. You avoid costly fines, legal issues and damage to your reputation, ensuring smooth compliance approvals. 

Customer Satisfaction: Ultimately, customer satisfaction is key in any business. IQC inspection contributes to this by ensuring products meet or exceed expectations. IQC inspection helps you deliver consistently high-quality products and build trust and loyalty with customers, creating positive experiences that keep them coming back.

Why You Need an Experienced, Independent ICQ Inspector

Navigating IQC requires the skills of a professional IQC inspector as IQC inspection poses the following challenges among others:

Sampling Accuracy: IQC inspectors must use their experience to select specimens that truly represent the quality of the entire batch. Failure to do so can lead to potential errors in decision-making, where a flawed sample may paint an inaccurate picture of the overall material quality, leading to misguided actions and suboptimal outcomes.

Resource Intensity: Conducting thorough IQC inspections requires a significant investment of resources, which can strain operational efficiency if not managed efficiently. The challenge lies in maximising the effectiveness of inspections without unduly burdening the resources available. Finding this equilibrium requires a keen understanding of priorities, strategic allocation of resources and continuous optimisation of processes to ensure that IQC inspections remain efficient and effective in safeguarding product quality.

Complex Supply Chains: From language barriers to cultural differences, logistical challenges to regulatory disparities, managing IQC across diverse supply chains requires adaptability, flexibility and a willingness to collaborate across boundaries. It’s a test of resilience in the face of complexity, where success hinges on the ability to forge strong partnerships, foster open communication and leverage technology to enhance transparency and traceability throughout the supply chain.

By addressing sampling variability, optimising resource allocation, and fostering collaboration across supply chains, IQC inspection becomes an asset to your business, ensuring that quality remains the cornerstone of manufacturing excellence.

What to Expect from an IQC Inspector

In addition to navigating the challenging minefields we have just mentioned, a qualified IQC Inspector will carry out the following responsibilities:

Conduct Inspections with Precision: An IQC inspector’s primary duty is to conduct inspections on incoming materials with unwavering precision and adherence to established procedures and standards. 

Document and Report: Your IQC Inspector will document inspection results comprehensively and accurately., which serves as an evidence trail, providing transparency and accountability throughout the inspection process. Any non-conformities detected must be reported promptly, initiating the necessary corrective actions. 

Collaborate for Continuous Improvement: As well as being an inspector, your IQC Inspector is an agent of change, actively collaborating with suppliers to address quality issues and implement corrective actions. They serve as ambassadors of quality, fostering constructive dialogue and driving continuous improvement initiatives to enhance efficiency and effectiveness across the board.

Continuously Learn and Adapt: An effective IQC inspector is committed to continuous learning and adaptation, staying abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices in quality management. They are the perpetual students of their craft, always seeking new ways to refine and optimise IQC processes for maximum impact.

How to Hire a Reliable IQC Inspector

It’s all well and good knowing the benefits of incorporating IQC Inspection in your manufacturing process and what to expect of an IQC Inspector. But how do you go about hiring the right one for your business? Here’s how to hire the right candidate for the job:

Relevant Experience: Look for candidates with a proven track record of relevant experience in quality control, preferably within your industry or a similar manufacturing environment. Experience breeds expertise, and seasoned inspectors bring valuable insights and insights into the table.

Technical Expertise: Quality inspection is a technical discipline that requires a solid understanding of materials, manufacturing processes and quality standards. Seek candidates with a strong technical background and a keen eye for detail, capable of interpreting specifications and identifying potential quality issues with precision.

Attention to Detail: Look for candidates who demonstrate exceptional attention to detail, meticulousness in their work and a commitment to thoroughness in every aspect of their inspections. A single oversight can have far-reaching consequences, making attention to detail a non-negotiable trait in an IQC inspector.

Communication and Collaboration Skills: An effective IQC inspector must be adept at communication and collaboration, capable of effectively liaising with suppliers, colleagues and stakeholders to address quality issues and drive improvement initiatives. Look for candidates who demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate clearly and concisely and a collaborative mindset that fosters teamwork and cooperation.

Interview and Assessment: Finally, conduct thorough interviews and assessments to gauge the candidate’s suitability for the role. Ask probing questions to assess their knowledge, experience and problem-solving abilities. Consider practical exercises or simulations to evaluate their inspection skills in action. By investing time and effort in the hiring process, you can ensure that you’re selecting the right candidate to safeguard the quality of your products.

What Is Quality Control In Furniture Manufacturing

Furniture manufacturing is a complex process that involves various stages, from designing and material selection to production and assembly. At each stage, there is a possibility of defects or errors that can compromise the quality of the final product. To ensure that furniture is of high quality, furniture manufacturers implement quality control processes to identify and rectify any issues that may arise during production.

Adequate furniture inspections are crucial in mitigating risks, ensuring high quality, and optimising the use of raw materials during manufacturing. The inspection process should cover various aspects, such as assembly, finish, colour, design, packaging, labelling, and marking. By implementing a rigorous inspection process, manufacturers can ensure their products meet the necessary quality, safety, and durability requirements. They also provide the flexibility to address issues and make corrections before completing the final product. This reduces the likelihood of production failures and post-sale service issues related to defects and helps to verify the quality of materials, manufacturing, and finishing.

In this blog, we will explore what quality control in furniture manufacturing entails, the importance of furniture quality standards, the benefits of furniture QC, how to conduct furniture testing at a laboratory, and the advantages of choosing a reliable quality control partner.

What is Furniture Quality Control?

Quality control in furniture manufacturing ensures the products meet a specific quality standard. It involves a set of measures that the manufacturer implements to ensure that the furniture is of high quality and meets the required specifications. The process begins with the raw materials inspection to the final assembly of the furniture. The goal is to ensure that the products are free of defects, safe, and meet the customer’s expectations.

What are Furniture Quality Standards

Furniture quality standards are sets of guidelines and requirements for furniture manufacturing. They define the required quality level of furniture production and cover aspects such as safety, durability, strength, and environmental impact. These standards aim to ensure that furniture manufacturers produce high-quality furniture that meets the required specifications.

To ensure their furniture products can endure various weather elements, including sun, rain, snow, and wind, manufacturers must consider internationally recognized standards that comprise inspections and testing. Here are some of the standards to keep in mind:

ASTM F1561-03

ASTM F1561-03 is an international standard developed by the American Section of the International Association for Testing Materials (ASTM). It assesses the performance requirements for outdoor plastic chairs for residential and non-residential use.

Outdoor Furniture Standards in Europe

In Europe, outdoor furniture recalls account for a significant 49%. To tackle this issue, two standards have been established for outdoor furniture in the region:

  • EN 581-1: This provides general safety requirements for outdoor furniture.
  • EN 581-3: This provides mechanical quality control procedures for outdoor tables.

EN 581 Standards

The European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has developed a set of standards to address all safety requirements for outdoor furniture. The standards include:

  • EN 581-1: General safety requirements for outdoor furniture.
  • EN 581-2: Mechanical test methods to establish safety for outdoor seating furniture.
  • EN 581-3: Mechanical testing procedures for outdoor tables.
  • EN 581-4: Durability testing of outdoor furniture when exposed to environmental factors such as rain.

EN 581-3 Revisions

EN 581-3 was updated in January 2017 to clarify testing procedures for various types of outdoor tables, including those with extensions, longer tables, and smaller tables. The revised version also includes requirements for glass table tops to protect parasol holes and prevent metal-to-glass contact.

AFNOR NF D60-300

AFNOR NF D60-300 is a safety standard developed by the French Standardisation Association (AFNOR) for outdoor seating and tables designed for children. The standard outlines safety requirements and test procedures.

UL 962

UL 962 is an international safety standard developed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent global supply safety solutions company. The standard applies to household and commercial furnishings, including outdoor furniture.

Benefits of Furniture QC

Furniture manufacturing is an industry where quality is paramount. By implementing effective quality control measures, manufacturers can achieve a range of benefits that include:

  • Quality Assurance: Implementing quality control measures assures customers that the products they receive are of high quality and free of defects.
  • Improved Production Process: Integrating quality control protocols helps identify and rectify defects at an early stage, which leads to an improvement in the production process. As a result, products are manufactured in a more streamlined and efficient manner.
  • Reduced Production Costs: Enforcing quality control standards can minimise the chances of manufacturing defective products, ultimately reducing production costs and maximising the return on investment.
  • Increased Customer Satisfaction: Furniture products that meet the required quality standards result in higher customer satisfaction and loyalty. This is essential for maintaining a solid reputation and gaining a competitive edge in the industry.

How to Conduct Furniture Testing at a Laboratory?

Furniture testing is a critical aspect of quality control in furniture manufacturing. It helps to identify defects in the furniture and evaluate its performance and compliance with the required quality standards. Here are the steps for conducting lab testing for furniture:

  • Sample Collection: Manufacturers collect samples of furniture components that require testing. These samples typically represent the different types of furniture that they produce.
  • Testing Methodology: The appropriate testing methodology is then selected based on the type of furniture and the quality criteria being evaluated. This may involve a combination of different tests, including strength testing, durability testing, safety testing, and environmental impact testing.
  • Quality Assessment: The samples are then tested for various quality parameters, such as strength, durability, safety, and environmental impact. The results are then evaluated to determine whether the products meet the required quality standards.
  • Furniture Inspection Report: Finally, a detailed furniture inspection report is generated that outlines the results of the tests and identifies any defects or issues that need to be addressed.

Selecting a reliable quality control partner is crucial for furniture manufacturers who seek to ensure that their products meet the required quality standards and gain a competitive advantage in the market. By partnering with a trusted quality control provider, manufacturers can get the following advantages:

  • Quality assurance, where customers can get furniture that meet the required quality standards
  • Experienced professionals who are knowledgeable about the latest furniture testing methodologies
  • Customised services that are tailored to the specific needs of each client
  • Compliance with international standards ensures that all products comply with international standards and regulations for safety and quality,


Global Inspection Managing (GIM) is a reputable quality control partner in the furniture manufacturing industry with extensive experience working with leading brands in the field. Our team comprises experienced professionals who are proficient in using the latest testing methodologies to guarantee that all furniture meet the necessary quality standards. We provide customised services that cater to the unique requirements of our clients, ensuring compliance with global safety, quality, and environmental impact regulations. We employ state-of-the-art technology for accurate and efficient furniture testing, giving our clients a competitive advantage in the market.

Choosing a reliable quality control partner is vital for furniture manufacturers, and GIM is a top company in this field. With customised services, international standards compliance, cutting-edge technology, and an experienced team, we help furniture manufacturers meet the required quality standards, gain a competitive edge, and succeed in the global market.


What Is Drop shipping?

 The Dropship Model                                                           

Dropshipping is a supply chain management method in which the retailer can operate
without maintaining an inventory. Instead transfers the customer orders and shipment
details to the manufacturer, another retailer, or a wholesaler, who then packages the
products and ships the goods directly to the retailer’s customer on the retailer’s behalf.

What is the best dropshipping  company for me ?

Although Drop shipping is very popular, there are often scams from people pretending to
be drop shipping companies. Therefore, it is important to do a deep China company search to verify its legitimacy and evaluate it based on your needs Therefore we have established for you a list of the top 15
dropshipping companies that you will find on the web.      

1) Chinabrands                     5 best chinese dropshipping companies

This is a business-to-business e-commerce website that facilitates the sale of
manufactured products from small and medium enterprises to buyers.Chinabrands
operates in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Chinese.

2) Gearbest                

Gearbest is an online shopping platform specializing in electronic products, gadgets Interesting chinese dropshipping  website 
and fashion menswear. drop shipping Gearbest offers 45 days no-failure return service and 24-hour technical support call. 

Price: Join for free

3) Aliexpress        

AliExpress is a chinese wholesale platform but also a dropshipping platform that connects
dropshippers to suppliers and products.The platform offers millions of 
produts from suppliers in 40 categories.   The best chinese dropshipping companies

Price: Free sign-up.

4) Dhgate                        

This company functions in a similar way as eBay as it helps to connect 2 best chinese dropshipping companies
buyers and sellers of different types of products together. 

5) Tomtop                     

No joining fee                                                                 
5%-20% dropship discount 
Free shipping for some countries        

6) Dealextreme                                                 6 best chinese dropshipping companies 

DX dropshipping program is total free, the more you buy, the more you save. All packages from DX.com are sent without  DX logo or any information indicating DX.com.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Best chinese dropshipping website

7) DropInTheBox  

DropInTheBox.com is a brand new release of LightInTheBox.com, which specializes in providing drop shippers, wholesalers and bulk buyers of all kinds with professional service and hundreds of items at lowest possible prices. A quick look    around DropInTheBox will reveal a careful selection of LightInTheBox’s best selling electronic gadgets, car electronics, faucets, tattoo equipment and much more.

           Best  dropshipping website China

8) Banggood                                                

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      3 Best  dropshipping website China

9) Panda Hall           

PandaHall is the best dropshipping wholesaler for jewelry and beads.   
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                          10 Best  dropshipping website China

10) Chinavision                                      

At Chinavasion, electronics gadgets are sourced directly from   
Chinese factories at the lowest price 

Cheap  dropshipping website China

11) Taobao      

Taobao.com is the most popular marketplace in China where you can find wide variety of products at very low prices. Taobao dropshipping
is made easy by Taobao Age. Simply order they handle the rest
for you from buying to shipping direct to your customer.   Dropshipping in China

12) CJDropshipping 

Hundred thousands of product selections Free sourcing service for any products, automatic generate tracking numbers Oversea warehouse for
domestic shipping. Automatic update tracking numbers to your
store Up to 1 day processing and shipping Delivery tracking and statistics.                                                   

One-to-one 6 days 16 hours online support.


China is the world largest manufacturer country in the world map. There are spacious possibilities of business. Many of the businessman and industry are taking interest in china market. But it is important to check the registration and business license of the company with which you are doing business.

These registration services is available in every country and China has also appropriate registration authority and system and we will now describe it in detail

  • Prior to inspect about the details, here we are giving brief information about the latest updates about company registration website in China.
  • There is no English-language search service for company registrations in Mainland China
  • No any English language search website for company registration is available in mainland china.
  • Local company registration service is also available in different province of china, which can be browse in Chinese language.
  • English language company registration search website available in Hong Kong. Well, it is also noticeable that collaborating the business with Chinese companies, the expertise of Chinese language is necessary.

English language China Company Registration searches

The administration of mainland china is walking in the traditional line where company registration details available in Chinese language It might be possible that the reason of this is, the official and national language is Chinese. Moreover government official websites are in Chinese language, so most of the company registration in Chinese language.

It generally indicates that even if china company registration service might be accessible in English language database, then the user is likely to have the knowledge of Chinese language so that they can bring fruitful searches in the interface.

And if somehow, if you have managed to found the details of company registration during china company search but you will see that company registration will be redirected to Chinese language rather than English

Country level Company Registration Search Facility

In the year 2015, China has implemented most anticipated nationwide company registration search website and we can see the development and further updates in the website time to time.

The website is known as “National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System:” you can check  it on the internet.

In the year 2016, this system enables users to search companies across the Mainland China and they can get the company registration and official name of company information. This is a helpful for people to use nationwide system but in spite of having integrated search system, it is not update with latest version

Though, it has many drawbacks but the initiative taken by china has formulated nationwide search system. China knows the technicalities and possibility of business expansion in its sphere because there are plenty of companies in the china.

Local AIC Company Registration Websites

Besides having the option of searching the website nationwide for checking the company registration every province has their own local AIC company registration in China which are administrated by an AIC– Administration of Industry and Commerce.

As the name suggests, this is the region wise government association that handle with company registration in their specific area.  AIC is allotted in every province in china and there many other small branches in district.

So if you are looking for local company registration search you need to search on district wise and province wise. These local authorities have the strong database of company registration.  Here is below the list:

Hong Kong has separated AIC where you can search company registration details in English language because it is different from mainland china. It is considered that English language has the status of official language for company incorporation. Hong Kong registration searches are improved and helpful to foreign businesses because the details are accessible in the English language.

How to Identify “Is this China Company is Real”?

This is somehow the important question among all. We suggest that to verify a Chinese company business company from the china company verification service website, but you need to understand one thing that, the registered capital that website discloses might be different.

The best thing about china check up verification service is that the procedure of authenticating a Chinese company is hassle free. One can get the services by ordering online via email in the PDF format.

Using search engine and Chinese supplier directory is also a good option to find the reality of the company in china.  In china, the search engine Baidu can have the database of company check. You can also search in Google and Bing.

Many B2B directories are available where you can easily access the company details by typing the name and other information.

Ask local authorities about the company records, you can make a phone call directly to Chinese manufacturer and ask the documents of company registration. If we talk about the landline of china will appear as 86 10 2222 2222 where 86 is the country code of china 10 is the area code and rest eight digit in the telephone number.

Ask about the business license from the company that is doing the business. They must be registered under the Chinese government authority.  If the Chinese manufacturer is failed to provide unique company registration, then the you need to understand that something is fishy and it will be a wise decision to turn down the plan of doing business with such suspicious company.  You can verify the registration number by visiting the local authorities and administration in china.

You can ask bank reference letter to check the financial credit of the manufacturer. You can check the quality of manufacturer by asking their previous customer or existing customers. Never hesitate to ask because this is a crucial question and you can ask to the renowned brand of the china to know for the best recommendation from their side.

Asking for sample is also the wise decision to check the quality of the goods and material of the respective Chinese company. After checking the quality, you will be sure to take the right step in terms of doing business with them.

You can also ask to a Professional Verification company


Hundreds of companies whose turnover touch the millions of dollars rely on China for importing products. They sell those imported products from China on Amazon. Though the products are cheap and they reap good profits, these companies find it hard to control the quality. Out of a product consignment, around 3% pieces are found defective for consumer goods made in China. 3% of bad products in every shipment of yours is not too bad.

Most buyers set 2.5% Acceptable Quality Limit (AQL) for major limits and 4% for minor defects. In practice, the tolerance band is higher because the underlying standard limits the risk of the producer more than the consumer’s risk. Even a small mistake on Amazon can be a disaster for businessmen. The disappointed customers would definitely complain which might prevent your sales.

Some Amazon FBA sellers choose suppliers based on the sample, price and their budget. They run the standard QC inspections afterward. The supplier ships the consignment of product directly to Amazon’s fulfillment centers. Sometimes, it is good, but at the same time, it’s risky also.

If you noticed that you send an inspector before shipment, there is a process of making a detailed report. Do you have enough time to read the report? What if the reports point out some serious issues in the products? Then, what will you do? Ask the supplier to stop shipment. You also would not have enough time to find a new supplier and get product manufactured.

Damage Control Mode of Buyers

When the above-stated problem arises, most of the buyers do damage control and ask the supplier to get things fixed. After the supplier fixes the things, they call the inspector to recheck the quality. You need to decide whether you go for re-inspect or re-work again. It depends on the supplier whether he would do it or not.

There are a lot of dangers if a product is defective, the danger level varies with the positioning of the product and its category. If a product is premium and is high in price, the customer will complain whenever they found the defective product. In case of cheap products, the consumers are not going to complain that if few defective pieces are inside a pack of cheap accessories.

Amazon will definitely notice a lot of returns if your 3% products that cost too much and don’t work. You need to ensure that all the products should get fixed before it leaves China. You can’t inspect the shipment when it is delivered to Amazon fulfillment centers. You can avoid all these problems of quality control by hiring a pre-shipment inspection company. Amazon also fines the company for defected products while it is a less expensive option to get inspected your products. A pre-shipment allows you to fulfill all Amazon FBA requirements from packing to barcode labeling, and for the same, you should not be dependent on the suppliers.

Following are some of the common problems of Amazon Sellers

Poor Product Quality

When the customer pays for something they expect it to be good. But if he or she does not find it the way they have expected. They took to Amazon to express their dissatisfaction with the product give it bad reviews which might cancel your Amazon account.

Inappropriate Packing and Labeling

Amazon refuses the damaged product and the cartons which have inappropriate labeling and packing.

Wrong Logistics Provider

Late delivery, VAT fees, and some additional unexpected costs because of the logistics provider.

What are the options of Shipping from China to Amazon FBA 

When it comes to sourcing products for your Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) business, China is often a top choice for many sellers due to its vast manufacturing capabilities and cost-effectiveness. However, once you’ve found your ideal products, you face the crucial task of getting them from the factories in China to Amazon’s fulfillment centers. The shipping process can be complex, and making the right choice can significantly impact your business’s success.

You can either Shipping directly from China to Amazon FBA or ship products to a middleman or yourself. you can then forward then to Amazon FBA warehouses.

Pros & Cons of Shipping directly to Amazon FBA

  • Accelerated Transit: Significant reduction in the time taken for your products to arrive at Amazon’s warehouses, enabling faster product availability for sale on Amazon.
  • Cost Savings: Elimination of middleman expenses, saving you both money and the complexities associated with product inspection services.

Cons – Navigating the Challenges:

  • Amazon’s Multi-Warehouse Requirement: Amazon often necessitates shipping products to multiple warehouses, not a single centralized location, which can complicate logistics.
  • Upfront Freight and Duty Payments: Obligation to pay freight and duties before products reach Amazon can affect cash flow and financial planning.
  • Strict Amazon Standards: Adherence to Amazon’s stringent shipping, packaging, and quality standards is imperative, adding another layer of complexity to the process.

Things to know before first China Sourcing

Is China still a viable sourcing option in 2022? Despite the presence of alternative manufacturing locations, China remains the global leader in manufacturing and continues to be the primary choice for many Amazon FBA sellers. While other countries can also produce goods, China continues to dominate the manufacturing landscape worldwide. It is important to have an amazon FBA business plan.

Identifying dependable suppliers is pivotal for establishing a thriving eCommerce venture. These suppliers are essentially your partners in crafting top-quality, 5-star products that form the foundation of your business. Amazon PPC experts often emphasize that the core of effective campaign optimization and growth starts with having an excellent product. Hence, your first step is to secure a trustworthy supplier for that product.

However, given the evolving landscape, you might be pondering: What strategies are no longer effective?

Traditionally, one of the most favored methods for sourcing products from China involved physically visiting the country, touring the factory, meeting factory personnel, and witnessing the production process firsthand. But in light of recent changes, this approach may not be as practical or effective as it once was.

How can GIM help in fulfilling Amazon FBA shipping requirements?

Global Inspection Managing plays a crucial role in meeting the exacting shipping requirements of Amazon FBA, ensuring that products adhere to the platform’s rigorous standards. This process is essential for maintaining the quality of goods, adhering to labeling accuracy, and complying with Amazon’s packaging guidelines. Here’s how Global Inspection Managing contributes to fulfilling Amazon FBA shipping requirements:

  • Quality Assurance: Inspection services verify the overall quality of products, identifying and addressing any issues before they reach Amazon’s fulfillment centers.
  • Labeling Accuracy: Global Inspection Managing ensures that product labels are accurate and comply with Amazon’s specific requirements, preventing potential issues with mislabeled items.
  • Packaging Compliance: By conducting inspections at manufacturing or distribution sites, the process helps guarantee that packaging meets Amazon’s guidelines, reducing the risk of rejections or delays.
  • Proactive Issue Resolution: Identifying and rectifying potential issues early in the supply chain helps prevent shipping delays, customer dissatisfaction, and potential penalties.
  • Efficient FBA Process: GIM acts as a strategic quality control measure, enhancing the overall efficiency of Amazon’s FBA services and contributing to a seamless customer experience.


Our gadgets, like smartphones and computers, work because of something called a Printed Circuit Board or PCB. Picture it as the heart of your electronic device. Making sure these circuit boards are perfect is super important, and that’s where PCB inspection comes in.

PCB inspection is a meticulous process of examining Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) to ensure their quality, functionality, and adherence to industry standards. It involves thorough scrutiny of both bare boards and those with assembled components, aiming to identify and rectify defects that could impact the performance and reliability of electronic devices. Inspection encompasses various aspects such as dimensions, conductor spacing, hole sizes, solder joint quality, and component placement. By employing specialized equipment like Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) systems, X-ray machines, and In-Circuit Testers (ICT), manufacturers can efficiently assess PCBs and uphold the standards of excellence in electronic manufacturing.

Objectives of PCB Inspection

PCB quality control inspections center around guaranteeing optimal functionality, enhancing reliability, and promoting the longevity of electronic devices. The goal is to provide users with the best possible experience and establish lasting trust in the reliability of their electronic companions.

Functionality Assurance:

  • Guarantee that electronic devices operate seamlessly, free from any glitches.
  • Conduct thorough examinations of every aspect of the circuit board
  • Identify and rectify potential problems to ensure optimal functionality.


  • Ensure electronic gadgets are reliable, instilling confidence in users that their devices won’t unexpectedly fail.
  • Implement rigorous inspections to eliminate factors that may compromise device reliability.
  • Work diligently during PCB inspection to enhance the overall trustworthiness of electronic devices.


  • Contribute to the extended lifespan of electronic devices.
  • Inspect PCBs to verify their durability and construction for sustained performance.
  • Aim for electronic devices that endure over time, providing essential services without compromising quality.

PCB Inspection Standards

A standardized approach is imperative for effective PCB inspection. These standards are not just bureaucratic checkboxes; they are essential tools for achieving reliability, functionality, and consistency in PCB inspection. They provide a common language for manufacturers, inspectors, and stakeholders, fostering a collective commitment to producing electronic devices that meet the highest quality standards. Two prominent standards that play a pivotal role are:

IPC-A-600 (Bare Board Inspection)

  • This standard lays down the criteria for inspecting bare circuit boards, those without components.
  • It provides detailed guidelines for assessing dimensions, conductor spacing, hole sizes, and the overall integrity of the board.
  • By adhering to IPC-A-600, manufacturers can maintain consistency and excellence in the production of bare circuit boards.

IPC-A-610 (Assembled Board Inspection)

  • Specifically designed for boards with assembled components, IPC-A-610 sets the benchmark for assessing solder joint quality, component placement, and overall assembly quality.
  • It addresses crucial aspects such as solder paste distribution, fillet geometry, and the absence of defects like solder bridges.
  • Adherence to IPC-A-610 ensures that assembled circuit boards meet industry standards and deliver high-quality performance in electronic devices.

Following these standards not only facilitates a streamlined inspection process but also enhances the interoperability of electronic components from different manufacturers.

Key Metrics for PCB Inspection

When it comes to scrutinizing Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), certain key metrics take center stage, serving as the benchmarks for quality and reliability. These metrics vary depending on whether the inspection is for bare boards or those with assembled components.

Bare Board Inspection Metrics

Bare Board Inspection is the initial checkpoint in the journey of ensuring flawless Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). At this crucial stage, the focus is on examining the bare boards without any assembled components. It’s akin to scrutinizing the foundation of a structure before the walls go up—a meticulous examination to catch any inherent flaws and ensure that the fundamental building blocks are in perfect order.

Dimensions and Tolerances

  • Verify that the dimensions of the bare board align with the design specifications.
  • Ensure that tolerances (permissible variations) are within the acceptable range.

Conductor Spacing

  • Check the spacing between conductors to avoid any unintended connections or short circuits.
  • Confirm that the conductor spacing adheres to the specified standards.

Hole Sizes

  • Inspect the sizes of holes in the board, ensuring they match the design requirements.
  • Verify proper plating to prevent connectivity issues.

Surface Finish Quality

  • Examine the surface finish for any irregularities or defects that could impact performance.
  • Confirm that the surface finish meets the defined quality standards.

Assembled Board Inspection Metrics

Once the components are in place, the spotlight shifts to Assembled Board Inspection. This phase delves into the intricacies of the fully populated PCB, akin to inspecting the final structure of a building to guarantee its functionality and reliability.

Solder Joint Quality

  • Evaluate the quality of solder joints, considering factors like distribution, filet geometry, and overall integrity.
  • Identify and rectify any issues, such as solder balls or insufficient solder, that could compromise connectivity.

Component Placement

  • Check that components are correctly placed on the board according to the design.
  • Ensure proper orientation of components to avoid functionality issues.

Solder Paste Distribution

  • Examine the distribution of solder paste, as uneven distribution can lead to defects.
  • Ensure that solder paste is applied uniformly to achieve strong and reliable solder joints.

Absence of Defects

  • Scrutinize the board for common defects like solder bridges, which can cause short circuits.
  • Confirm the absence of foreign materials that may impact the performance of the assembled board.

By paying close attention to these key metrics during the inspection process, manufacturers can not only meet industry standards but also produce PCBs that deliver optimal functionality and reliability in electronic devices. These metrics serve as a comprehensive checklist, guiding inspectors to ensure that every aspect of the PCB aligns with the desired quality benchmarks.

Common PCB Defect Types

Understanding common defects is essential for effective inspection. Some of the prevalent defects include:

  • Solder Bridges: Unintended connections between adjacent solder joints.
  • Solder Balls: Small balls of solder that can cause short circuits.
  • Component Misalignment: Incorrect placement or orientation of components.
  • Lifted Pads: Pads that have detached from the PCB, compromising connectivity.
  • Insufficient Solder: Inadequate solder leading to weak or non-existent joints.

PCB Inspection Equipment

The efficiency of electronic product testing heavily relies on the equipment employed. These technological marvels play a pivotal role in scrutinizing both bare and assembled boards, uncovering minute details that may escape the human eye. Here’s a closer look at some of the essential PCB inspection equipment:

Automated PCB Optical Inspection (AOI) Systems

  • These systems utilize advanced cameras and image recognition software to rapidly inspect PCBs for defects.
  • AOI systems excel in detecting issues such as solder joint quality, component misalignment, and surface finish irregularities.

X-ray Machines

  • Similar to medical X-rays, these machines provide a deeper view of the internal structure of assembled boards.
  • X-ray inspection is instrumental in identifying hidden defects like solder voids and ensuring the integrity of complex component placements.

In-Circuit Testers (ICT)

  • ICTs assess the electrical characteristics of a PCB, verifying the functionality of individual components and overall circuitry.
  • These testers are invaluable for identifying faults in components, ensuring that the electrical pathways are sound.

Flying Probe Testers

  • Flying probe testers use movable probes to perform electrical tests on the PCB without the need for dedicated test points.
  • Ideal for low-volume production, these testers are versatile and can adapt to various PCB designs.


  • High-powered microscopes, equipped with magnification capabilities, allow inspectors to closely examine the intricate details of a PCB.
  • Microscopes are particularly useful in identifying defects at a microscopic level, ensuring a thorough inspection.

PCB Inspection Checklist

To streamline the product inspection process, a comprehensive checklist proves invaluable. The checklist should cover aspects such as:

  • Dimensional Accuracy: Verify that the board dimensions adhere to design specifications.
  • Conductor Spacing: Ensure the spacing between conductors meets the required standards.
  • Hole Sizes: Confirm that holes are of the correct diameter and properly plated.
  • Surface Finish: Inspect the surface finish for any anomalies or irregularities.
  • Solder Joint Quality: Evaluate the solder joints for proper distribution, filet geometry, and overall quality.
  • Component Placement: Check that components are correctly placed and oriented according to the design.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is PCB inspection necessary?

  • PCB inspection is crucial to ensure the functionality, reliability, and compliance of electronic devices.

What are the common defects in PCBs?

  • Common defects include solder bridges, solder balls, component misalignment, lifted pads, and insufficient solder.

Which standards govern PCB inspection?

  • IPC-A-600 is the standard for bare board inspection, while IPC-A-610 governs assembled board inspection.

What equipment is used for PCB inspection?

  • Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) systems, X-ray machines, and In-Circuit Testers (ICT) are commonly used for PCB inspection.

How does PCB inspection contribute to product quality?

  • PCB inspection ensures that electronic devices meet design specifications, adhere to industry standards, and are free from manufacturing defects.


Global Inspection Managing (GIM) is the ideal partner for companies seeking excellence in their product quality and reliability. Specializing in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) inspection, we bring unparalleled expertise, ensuring meticulous evaluations from dimensions to solder joint quality. Our proficiency in pre-shipment inspection minimizes defects and ensures customer satisfaction, while on-the-ground presence in manufacturing hubs enables effective quality control in China. With a commitment to seamless process integration, reliability, and tailored solutions, GIM offers companies a strategic ally for achieving and maintaining the highest industry standards.

Adhering to industry standards, employing advanced inspection equipment, and following a comprehensive quality control checklist are the cornerstones of effective PCB inspection. By embracing these practices, manufacturers not only ensure the functionality and reliability of electronic devices but also contribute to the overall safety and satisfaction of end-users. As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of technology, the role of PCB inspection remains paramount in upholding the standards of excellence in electronic manufacturing.


Quality and safety are paramount in the food and beverage industry, where consumer trust is built on the assurance of high standards. Certifications for the food industry play a pivotal role in ensuring that businesses adhere to stringent regulations and deliver products that meet or exceed customer expectations. These certifications not only validate the commitment of organizations to quality but also contribute to the overall improvement of the industry’s safety standards.

Importance of Food & Beverage Certification

Certifications are not just checkboxes but critical assurances in an era where consumers demand transparency and accountability. Beyond regulatory requirements, food and beverage certifications act as assurances to consumers, stakeholders, and regulatory bodies that a company is devoted to delivering safe and high-quality products. They are gateways to global markets, facilitating international trade by ensuring adherence to universally accepted standards. In essence, food and beverage quality control certifications act as a catalyst for elevating industry standards, fostering innovation, and ensuring the sustained growth of businesses.

5 Certifications for the Food and Beverage Industry

In the food and beverage industry, making sure things are safe and top-notch is super important. Certifications are like stamps of approval, showing that a company is serious about giving their consumers the best. Here are the five important ones that ensure everything meets the standards.

SSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification)

FSSC 22000 is a comprehensive certification that focuses on food safety management systems. It integrates ISO 22000 and PAS 220 standards, providing a holistic approach to ensuring the safety of food products. FSSC 22000 is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), making it globally accepted and respected.

FSSC certification is particularly valuable for organizations involved in the entire food supply chain. It covers essential elements such as hazard analysis, traceability, and control of food safety hazards. FSSC 22000 certification not only enhances the credibility of a business but also demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement in food safety management.

Suggested Read – What is ISO 13485 Certification ?

ISO 22000 (International Organization for Standardization)

ISO 22000 is a globally recognized standard for food safety management systems. It provides a systematic and proactive approach to identifying, preventing, and managing food safety hazards. ISO 22000 is applicable to all organizations, regardless of their size or position in the food chain, making it one of the most versatile certifications in the industry.

By obtaining ISO 22000 certification, companies demonstrate their dedication to ensuring food safety at every stage of the production process. This not only safeguards consumers but also streamlines processes, reduces risks, and opens doors to international trade. ISO 22000 is a testament to a company’s commitment to meeting regulatory requirements and customer expectations.

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety is a widely recognized certification that sets the benchmark for food safety and quality. It provides a framework for best practices in the production, storage, and distribution of food products. BRC certification is particularly important for businesses supplying retailers, as many major retailers worldwide require their suppliers to adhere to BRC standards.

BRC certification covers a range of criteria, including HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), senior management commitment, and continual improvement. Achieving BRC certification not only enhances a company’s reputation but also establishes a strong foundation for compliance with regulatory requirements and industry best practices.

IFS (International Featured Standards)

The International Featured Standards (IFS) is a series of globally recognized standards that focus on food safety, quality, and legality. IFS certifications are designed to ensure transparency and trust throughout the supply chain. The IFS Food Standard, in particular, is relevant for food processing companies and specifies requirements for food safety and the quality of processes and products.

IFS certification places a strong emphasis on risk management, senior management responsibility, and continuous improvement. It provides a structured framework for companies to enhance their processes and meet the growing expectations of consumers and retailers. IFS certification is recognized by many retailers and manufacturers worldwide, making it a valuable asset for businesses aiming to expand their market reach.


In a globalized market, catering to diverse consumer needs is essential for success. HALAL certification ensures that food products comply with Islamic dietary laws, making them permissible for consumption by Muslims. This food quality control certification is important for companies targeting Muslim consumers but also for those looking to enter markets where HALAL certification is a legal or cultural requirement.

The HALAL certification covers various aspects, including sourcing, processing, and packaging, to ensure that the entire supply chain adheres to HALAL standards. By obtaining HALAL certification, companies can tap into a vast and growing market of Muslim consumers who prioritize the consumption of products that align with their religious beliefs.

Also, Read – What is Quality Control in the Beverage Industry ?


At Global Inspection Managing, we proudly position ourselves as an excellent partner for the food industry’s certification needs. Our unwavering commitment to upholding the highest standards of quality and safety seamlessly aligns with the stringent requirements of certifications. With a wealth of experience and a team of dedicated professionals, we offer comprehensive support throughout the certification process. From navigating the complexities of documentation to implementing best practices that meet industry standards, we provide invaluable assistance. Our tailored approach and meticulous attention to detail make us a trusted ally for businesses in the food industry seeking to achieve and maintain the certifications necessary to thrive in a competitive market.

Whether it’s demonstrating a commitment to global food safety standards, meeting the rigorous requirements of retailers, or catering to specific cultural and religious preferences, these certifications empower businesses to thrive in an increasingly complex landscape. As the food and beverage industry continues to evolve, staying ahead with the right certifications is not just a choice but a necessity for those aspiring to excellence and leadership in the field.


Quality control is an ongoing activity done by every company to ensure that consumer demands and manufacturing standards are continuously met. Unreliable or defective products reaching customers without such routine and strict evaluation can be detrimental to the company’s public image in the long run. Quality control methods are a set of rigorous methodologies or predefined testing processes or steps with the ultimate goal of improving product quality.

Every company strives to deliver products on time without compromising on all quality aspects. Especially in the manufacturing sector where having well-defined quality control techniques that follow industry standards and best practices in place ensures a level of uniformity in the products manufactured.

Through robust quality inspection methods, a company can enhance customer loyalty, get repeat business and new customers from referrals, reduce product recall and improve its market position.
Quality control tools and techniques can vary based on the industry that the products belong to. These should also be in line with the standardized specifications or guidelines set by both national and international governing bodies.

There are two widely used quality control methods:

Method 1 – Quality Inspection 

Quality inspection involves physical inspection and activities, such as measuring, examining, testing or gauging the various characteristics of a product for comparing the results with predefined specifications or requirements. Quality inspection methods apply to components used for production, semi-finished goods and finished goods right before the shipment is done.

By doing a quality inspection, products can be checked physically for defects and if they meet the required quality standards. Quality inspection can include a pre-inspection method, process inspection and a 100% inspection method. Let’s take a detailed look into each of these stages used in quality control techniques:

Pre-Inspection Method

The pre-inspection method involves checking the raw materials when received by the manufacturer and before it goes into the actual production process. This early stage of inspection is especially useful when you want to make sure that only quality materials are used to produce the goods.

The quality control method is used to examine a product prototype or to determine the availability of the right tools in order to work with the delivered raw materials. Catching defects in raw materials itself can save the manufacturer’s time, costs and effort and prevent product recalls arising due to such defects.

Process Inspection

In manufacturing, a process inspection can happen at any point during the production cycle. Process inspection is done to ensure that the various parameters within each section of the process comply with industry standards. Inspecting the product before it gets to the final stage can help in the timely detection of errors or defects saving time and resources. Process inspection can vary based on the industry but these are usually done in three types of intervals:

  • Time-based Intervals – Possibly every 2 hours or 2 days based on the machinery.
  • Quantity-based Intervals – After a certain production volume is reached, say when every 5 units are produced.
  • Freely-defined Intervals – Done at any time depending on the management’s discretion.

100% Inspection Method

A 100% inspection method or full product inspection is when every product of the whole consignment is inspected for quality-related issues. The products are checked for meeting the set standards and the non-acceptable product units are separated. Corrective measures are then taken to avoid repeated mistakes in the product

The size or volume of finished products chosen for the 100% inspection method depends on the required degree of precision. The higher the accuracy degree, the larger the inspection sample will be.

Method 2 – Statistical Control

The statistical quality control method uses various statistical methods or techniques to check the quality of products. These quality control methods are widely used across industries such as food, pharmaceutical and manufacturing units. Statistical quality control methods can be done as part of the production process or as a last-minute quality control check or even as part of the final quality check.

Quality control is the best method to determine variations in products that are caused due to reasons like raw material, consistency of product elements, processing machines, techniques used and packaging applications. The statistical technique helps to detect errors at an early stage so reworks can be minimized.

The two types of statistical quality control methods are acceptance sampling and process control.

Acceptance Sampling

As the name suggests, in acceptance sampling, a sample product is checked for compliance with a predefined quality measurement to ascertain if it falls within the acceptable quality variation limit. Such variations in the product can occur as a result of unexpected or assignable causes.

With this quality control method, the number of defective products reaching the market can be reduced significantly. Acceptance sampling can also be employed to test the performance or efficiency of a product after it has been installed and to compare it with accepted industry standards.

Process Control

Another quality control method that falls under the statistical technique is process control. All activities employed to check whether a particular process is reliable and predictable and results in a consistent performance with the least amount of variation are what process control is all about. This method of statistical analysis can help to improve or control a process so as to achieve desired results.

This quality control technique is used across several industries like power generation plants, chemical processing, food and beverage industry, paper manufacturing and oil refining. The three types of process control methods are:

  • Batch process control – where exact quantities of particular raw materials are mixed for a precise period in a particular manner to achieve a specific product.
  • Continuous process control – where variables remain the same throughout to produce the product at the best economy, maximum flow rate and given composition.
  • Hybrid process control – that can include elements of both continuous and batch process control.

By partnering with a third-party inspection company like Global Inspection Managing, you can be assured that only the best quality control tools and techniques are used for quality control and quality assurance of your products. We operate on the specific guidelines set out in the regulations and legislations governing your specific industry. Our services ensure that businesses across the world are able to maximize their potential and maintain quality standards throughout their operation.