This text is from the second edition of ISO 9001, The Standard Companion. It is based on the now obsolete 1987 version of the ISO 9001 Standard. The third edition, based on the current 1994 standard, is available from Simply Quality.

4.12 Inspection and Test Status

Mark a Product that Passes or Fails Tests

Mark products after they have been inspected or tested, to identify whether they have passed, are pending results, or failed. Keep the identification with the product as it moves forward through production; keep a record of the person or persons who approved the tested product. Don't use a product that has failed its inspection or test.


This requirement applies to incoming material, intermediate assemblies and finished products. Test status may be indicated by a variety of methods including the physical location of the product, notes on a routing sheet or a computer entry. Test status may be one of either: not yet tested, awaiting test results, passed or failed. The authority of the person responsible for release of good product must be identified and documented. Record final test disposition on a quality record signed by the responsible authority.

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