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46.102 Policy.

46.102 Policy.

Agencies shall ensure that-

  1. (a) Contracts include inspection and other quality requirements, including warranty clauses when appropriate, that are determined necessary to protect the Government’s interest;

  2. (b) Supplies or services tendered by contractors meet contract requirements;

  3. (c) Government contract quality assurance is conducted before acceptance (except as otherwise provided in this part), by or under the direction of Government personnel;

  4. (d) No contract precludes the Government from performing inspection;

  5. (e) Nonconforming supplies or services are rejected, except as otherwise provided in 46.407;

  6. (f) Contracts for commercial items shall rely on a contractor’s existing quality assurance system as a substitute for compliance with Government inspection and testing before tender for acceptance unless customary market practices for the commercial item being acquired permit in-process inspection ( 41 U.S.C. 3307). Any in-process inspection by the Government shall be conducted in a manner consistent with commercial practice; and

  7. (g) The quality assurance and acceptance services of other agencies are used when this will be effective, economical, or otherwise in the Government’s interest (see subpart  42.1).

[48 FR 42415, Sept. 19, 1983, as amended at 60 FR 48249, Sept. 18, 1995; 79 FR 24214, Apr. 29, 2014]