Inspection Agency Accreditation
Special Inspection Agency - IAS AC 291 - Firestopping - Special Inspection Agency Accreditation for Firestop System Inspection Companies
FCIA has invested resources in the proper "DIIM"™ - Design, Installation, Inspection and Maintenance/Management - of Firestopping.
In addition to a FCIA Member Specialty Firestop Contractor or FM 4991 Approved and/or UL/ULC Qualified Contractor, Special Inspection of installed Firestop Systems by an AHJ 'Approved' Special Inspection Agency Company that employs AHJ 'Approved' Special Inspectors is needed to verify that the Contractor's Quality Management System is working.
Learn more about what is required by the International Building Code, Chapter 17 for Firestop and other Special Inspection.
FCIA Member, IAS Accredited Firestop Inspection Firms
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*) Inspector Firms that are a branch of another member
Firestop Inspection Agencies, Want to become an IAS Accredited Firestop Inspection Firm?
Does your firm want to become an Approved Agency employing Approved Special Inspectors? Then it's time to consider becoming an IAS AC 291 Accredited Special Inspection Agency.
Special Inspection Agency (SIA) Companies who wish to be accredited under this IAS AC 291 Accreditation Program must:
Document its Quality Management System under the requirements of Sections 3,4 and 5 of IAS AC 291, including applicable items under Appendix A;
- Submit an application indicating their scope of accreditation;
- Submit an application fee as noted in the application fee schedule.
Once the IAS AC 291 application has been received, here i’s how the IAS will review and assess the Special Inspection Agency Company seeking Accreditation:
After receipt of application, fee and quality system documentation, IAS staff will review the submittal and provide written feedback. The review comments are based on adequacy of compliance of the quality documentation to the requirements of IAS AC291 requirements.
The SIA needs to review the written response from IAS, and if further revisions are needed to the Quality Management System documentation, the firm will need to revise the quality documentation accordingly. IAS staff will then review the revisions and will determine if all requirements of IAS AC 291 documentation have been satisfied
Once the quality system documentation is satisfactory, IAS will coordinate with the applicant SIA a field and office visit assessment. Usually, IAS expects the assessment per SIA (depending on the size of the inspection agency) to be 1.5 days or 2-days for 2 people - in other words, 2-persons conducting an assessment in 1-2 days. One person will be in the field assessing a sampling of the inspectors (1 or 2 inspectors), and one person will be in the office reviewing the implementation of the documented quality system as per IAS AC 291. At the conclusion of the assessment, IAS should be able to present a written report of the assessment findings.
The SIA has 30-days to submit a written response to the assessment findings, if any. IAS staff will review the written response and make a determination of its adequacy. If response is not satisfactory further correspondence may result.
If assessment findings are satisfactory, IAS will prepare a Certificate of Accreditation and send a preliminary copy of the certificate to the SIA for review and approval. IAS will finalize the certificate after written approval is received from the SIA.
The certificate is valid for one year. IAS will reassess the SIA on an annual basis (see attached flow chart).
IAS will invoice the assessment cost to the SIA towards the office and field visit for 2-persons. The costs will include assessment time, travel time and travel costs (airfare, hotel, car, food, parking, mileage, etc.). IAS will combine assessments with multiple clients to apportion the travel fare and travel time costs.
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