(a) Unless specifically agreed otherwise, Company’s Services shall entail inspection of the products: (i) quantity; (ii) conformity; (iii) workmanship, appearance, and function; (iv) data measurement and on-site test; (v) packing and packaging; (vi) shipping mark; and (vii) labelling, printed material, and markings. Anything not listed above is deemed to be not included in the scope of Services. Services can be performed, as selected by Client, at different stages of production, namely: Initial Production Inspection (also known as Initial Production Check), During Production Inspection (also known as During Production Check), and Pre-Shipment Inspection (also known as Final Random Inspection).
(b) The completion of the Services shall be evidenced by the Company’s issuing to Client a written report setting forth the results of the Services based upon the properly accepted request, applicable protocols, written information, and where applicable, the product sample provided by Client to Company (“Report”). Company may delegate/assign the performance of all or a portion of the Services to an affiliate of Company or to an agent or subcontractor. Client shall provide to Company on a timely basis, all documents and information necessary to enable Company to properly perform the Services. Company may, in its sole discretion, dispose of product samples furnished to Company for the Services that were not destroyed in the course of performance of the Services.
(c) It is specifically understood and agreed that Company’s Services only include the inspection of Client’s products or samples against standards and specifications derived from the General Protocol and, to the extent applicable, Client’s Material. Company’s Services do not include general business or product consultation, recommendations, or advice about any aspect of the product, including but not limited to the packing and packaging of the product. With respect to packing and packaging, Company’s sole responsibility is to inspect and assess whether the packing or packaging conforms to the General Protocol and, to the extent applicable, Client’s Material. Company’s responsibility is not to recommend or advise about the suitability of the packing or packaging chosen. The specific packing and packaging used is entirely the decision of Client, its supplier, or the manufacturer.
(d) Client represents and warrants to Company that:
- each product sample is not submitted in violation of a third party’s intellectual property rights;
- Client will not use and rely upon Company’s Report for any product whose properties differ from the sample(s) upon which the Report is based; and
- any goods subject to inspection will be completely prepared for the type of inspection booked for the specified date, and
(e) Client accepts sole responsibility and liability for the accuracy of documents submitted to government or other regulatory bodies, including certificates of compliance required under the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and EU requirements under REACH regulations. Client’s responsibility and liability for accuracy shall apply even where Company has provided assistance to Client in preparation of such documentation.