What is the proper ITP signing process from all parties?
Do we only sign as the tasks are completed? Some clients are asking us to sign before hand.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
- Denis Theriault, QA Coordinator, Maritime Welding
ITPs – Inspection & Test Plans – need to be signed as tasks are completed, in order to accurately reflect the inspection status of the work undertaken. The only time a client normally has input into the signing process is at presentation of the product for acceptance by the customer’s inspector.
At that stage, you should have conducted your final inspection prior to presentation to the customer. If, at this point, the documents are not signed, the customer will interpret that to mean that final inspection has not been done, and the product is truly not ready for presentation.
I used to work for the Canadian Department of National Defence Quality Assurance Division. Contractually, signed copies of the release documents – CF1280, DD250, etc. – were to be signed prior to presentation for this precise reason. If they were not signed, no inspection or release of product occurred.
Hope this helps.
- Ted Uffen, BRC Quality Consultant