Final inspection

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Final inspection
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Final inspection is performed at the contractor's manufacturing plant after submission of product to the Government inspector. If it takes place anywhere, the costs are borne by the government. The inspection must be carried out in such a way as not to delay work. When final inspection is to be carried out only after delivery at some place other than the manufacturing plant, the insertion of special clauses dealing with a performance test to be made and the time when final payment will be desirable [1].

Quality - important element of final inspection

Final control is not as important as other quality control points. The most important is the quality that must be designed and built into the product or service[2]. "Quality must begin with management and must be translated by engineers and others into plans, specifications, tests, and production". They are responsible for the material, component, processing methods and control method. In a traditional production process, components, suppliers supply raw materials and subassemblies to the receiving control area, where they are checked. This took somebody time to sort out the good. Inspection, checks several parts after processing, while the production process continues. It is likely that wrong parts were made and connected with the good parts. Final inspection must separate good parts from those to be treated. The rest is scrapped. It is a costly process. Contributes to low quality products [3].

Final inspection rules

This does not mean that no final control is needed. There is always a need to check that defective products have not been accidentally sent to customers. Final inspection is carried out using the sampling technique. When final inspection information is channelled properly, it may even be useful for quality improvement [4]. The final inspection should also take into account the rules of the classification and statutory requirements [5].

Final inspection[6]:

  • is planned when the contractor decides that all items on the final punch list have been completed,
  • verifies that the contractor has completed all identified tasks satisfactorily and corrected all shortcomings on the final punch,
  • there should be only one final control per project.

If the owner wrongly delayed or prevented the contractor from carrying out the final inspection, the contractor may be entitled to extend the deadline and recover additional costs or breach the contract compensation [7].



  1. Board M., 1951, p.4
  2. Saskhin M., 1993, p.61
  3. Krak S.F., Gill A.
  4. Saskhin M., 1993, p.61
  5. Biasotto P., Rouhan A., 2004, p.9
  6. Wiley J., 2013, p.394
  7. Kelleher T.J., Mastin J.M., Robey R.G., p.410

Author: Weronika Nowak