Supervision of manufacture

The manufacturing process shall be subject to a survey by the relevant body to ensure the product is produced in conformity with the provisions of the type approval.

The applicant shall take all the necessary measures to ensure that the manufacturing process complies with the applicable provisions of ADR and of the type approval certificate and its annexes.

 The relevant body shall:

(a)    Verify the conformity with the technical documentation specified in;

(b)    Verify that the manufacturing process produces products in conformity with the requirements and the documentation which apply to it;

(c)    Verify the traceability of materials and check the material certificate(s) against the specifications;
(d)    As applicable, verify that the personnel undertaking the permanent joining of parts and the non-destructive tests are qualified or approved;

(e)    Agree with the applicant on the location where the examinations and necessary tests are to be carried out; and

(f)    Record the results of its survey.

Initial inspection and tests

The applicant shall:

(a)    Affix the marks specified in ADR; and

(b)    Supply to the relevant body the technical documentation specified in

The relevant body shall:

(a)    Perform the necessary examinations and tests in order to verify that the product is manufactured in accordance with the type approval and the relevant provisions;

(b)    Check the certificates supplied by the manufacturers of service equipment against the service equipment;

(c)    Issue an initial inspection and test report to the applicant relating to the detailed tests and verifications carried out and the verified technical documentation;

(d)    Draw up a written certificate of conformity of the manufacture and affix its registered mark when the manufacture satisfies the provisions; and

(e)    Check if the type approval remains valid after provisions of ADR (including referenced standards) relevant to the type approval have changed.

The certificate in (d) and report in (c) may cover a number of items of the same type (group certificate or report).

The certificate shall contain as a minimum:

(a)    The name and address of the relevant body;

(b)    The name and address of the manufacturer and the name and address of the applicant, if not the manufacturer;

(c)    A reference to the version of the ADR and standards used for the initial inspections and tests;

(d)    The results of the inspections and tests;

(e)    The data for identification of the inspected product(s), at least the serial number or for non refillable cylinders the batch number; and

(f)    The type approval number.

Periodic inspection, intermediate inspection and exceptional checks

The relevant body shall:

(a)    Perform the identification and verify the conformity with the documentation;

(b)    Carry out the inspections and witness the tests in order to check that the requirements are met;

(c)    Issue reports of the results of the inspections and tests, which may cover a number of items;  and

(d)    Ensure that the required marks are applied.

Reports of periodic inspections and tests of pressure receptacles shall be retained by the applicant at least until the next periodic inspection.

NOTE:  For tanks, see provisions for tank records in

Surveillance of the applicant’s in-house inspection service

The applicant shall:

(a)    Implement an in-house inspection service with a quality system for inspections and tests documented in and subject to surveillance;

(b)    Fulfil the obligations arising out of the quality system as approved and to ensure that it remains satisfactory and efficient;

(c)    Appoint trained and competent personnel for the in-house inspection service; and

(d)    Affix the registered mark of the inspection body where appropriate.

The inspection body shall carry out an initial audit. If satisfactory the inspection body shall issue an authorisation for a period not exceeding three years. The following provisions shall be met:

(a)    This audit shall confirm that the inspections and tests performed on the product are in compliance with the requirements of ADR;

(b)    The inspection body may authorise the in-house inspection service of the applicant to affix the registered mark of the inspection body to each approved product;

(c)    The authorisation may be renewed after a satisfactory audit in the last year prior to the  expiry.
The new period of validity shall begin with the date of expiry of the authorisation; and

(d)    The auditors of the inspection body shall be competent to carry out the assessment of conformity of the product covered by the quality system.

The inspection body shall carry out periodic audits within the duration of the authorisation to make sure that the applicant maintains and applies the quality system. The following provisions shall be met:

(a)    A minimum of two audits shall be carried out in a 12 month period;

(b)    The inspection body may require additional visits, training, technical changes, modifications of the quality system, restrict or prohibit the inspections and tests to be done by the applicant;

(c)    The inspection body shall assess any changes in the quality system and decide whether the modified quality system will still satisfy the requirements of the initial audit or whether a full reassessment is required;

(d)    The auditors of the inspection body shall be competent to carry out the assessment of conformity of the product covered by the quality system; and

(e)    The inspection body shall provide the applicant with a visit or audit report and, if a test has taken place, with a test report.

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