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Third-party quality assurance program services are offered by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to assist manufacturers in obtaining product certifications, evaluation reports, or type approvals.

Products, materials, and assemblies in good standing in this program are published in the Directory of Listed Products. This directory is available online for you to search by category, client name, product name, listing and labeling number, or test method to verify that a product has been approved and listed.

This program covers materials and products for the following:

Directory of Listed Products

The listing and labeling program ensures that the product reaching the consumer is similar to the product that has been approved through testing activities. Activities begin when the samples are being prepared for testing and continue for the life of the Program.

Listing and Labeling Procedures

To document the manufacturing and preparation of the test sample, SwRI's inspector is present when the test samples are being prepared. The samples are marked by the inspector, and SwRI verifies these markings when the samples arrive at the lab.

Only manufacturing facilities found to have a production and quality system that guarantee the continued production quality of the product are accepted in the SwRI Listing and Labeling Program.

Listing and Labeling Documentation

After successful test results are obtained, a Follow-Up Procedure (FUP) Document is prepared. The FUP Document describes the product, the manufacturing process, and all critical aspects that, if changed, could affect the performance of the product. The information contained in the FUP Document is verified through a visit to the manufacturing plant.

The official implementation of the program takes place after:

  • Controlled copies of the Follow-Up Procedure Document are issued to authorized holders
  • Use of the SwRI label is authorized
  • The product is added to the SwRI Directory of Listed Products

Follow-Up Inspections

Third-party inspectors in the vicinity of the manufacturing plant visit the plants at prescribed intervals to verify that the products continue to be made as described in the Follow-Up Procedure Document and that only authorized labels are used.

Some of the entities using these Programs to support their product certification/approval programs include:

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
  • International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG)
  • State of Florida Department of Community Affairs
  • Miami Metro - Dade County
  • City of New York

For more information, visit Listing, Labeling, and Follow-up Inspection Services.

Related Terminology

code compliance  •  engineering design  •  fire and explosion investigations  •  fire resistance  •  fire testing laboratory  •  listing and labeling  •  material flammability  •  product certification  •  product control  •  product development  •  risk and hazards  •  suppression  •  third party certification

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