To be accredited to QP 5, coating and lining inspection companies must demonstrate company standards in these key areas:
- Management procedure
- Established inspection practice
- Systems of quality control
- Internal audit and review procedures
- Standards for qualifying and training personnel
- Policy for review and resolution of complaints
These areas are evaluated first in the form of submittals at the time of application, then confirmed through an impartial on-site audit at the headquarter offices of the coatings and lining inspection company.
The on-site audit criteria can be found in both the QP 5 application and the Self-evaluation Checklist. SSPC strongly advises using the checklist to be sure all areas are addressed prior to the on-site audit.
QP 5 background
The QP 5 standard was approved in 1999 and released in September 2001. The current program is based on the 2012 revision of the QP 5 standard. QP 5 is based on criteria established in the standard, SSPC-QP 5 “Standard Procedure for Evaluating the Qualifications of Coating and Lining Inspection Companies,” which is part of SSPC Qualification Procedure Standards developed through the SSPC consensus process. Visit our Standards Store to purchase a copy.
Click here to read about the QP 5 DAC.