What Inspection Failure Rates to be Considered Acceptable for a Quality Inspection?

Result of Quality Inspection

Any given type of products can fail an quality inspection.  But this is not a definition of a defect product. The product can still be accepted after it fails the inspection test. Following the kind of inspection that was conducted, there exist various options that can greatly help to solve the situation.

What Determines a Failed Inspection?

The results of the inspection cannot be a perfect determination of unacceptable products. Also, it should not be the determiner of shipping an order. Therefore, before the assessment of the product acceptability, the nature of failure should also be looked into.

Inspections are mostly determined based on failure or through the use of Acceptance Quality Limit or AQL tables.  The AQL table refers to a standard tool that’s used by inspection and quality control agents to determine the general product quality.

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The Acceptable Rate of Failure after Inspection

There are a myriad of reasons that could make a product not pass inspection.  The notion believed by several people that a failed inspection is an indication that the product maybe be put on hold or delayed is an open misconception. The truth of the matter is that a decision on the product should be left to the buyer depending on the inspection nature of both the report and the product. Here is the rate of failure that could be considered acceptable after a failed inspection:

– Quantity Check

Most of the processing of goods is rarely completed before the deadline. This, therefore, means if a given fraction of the product consignment is made available by the arrival time of the inspectors, the probability is that they will provide a failed inspection report.  The quality of the product could be good, but on the opposite, the quantity could have been compromised or failed to meet the expectations.

– Improper Packaging

In most cases, the packaging of the product may fail to meet the expectations of the buyer. This may not be a big problem that could declare a product unacceptable because repackaging can be carried out.

– Inappropriate Labeling

Goods should be properly labelled at all times to enable customers to identify the right product.  This means wrong labels could result in failed inspections. Well, this is a failure that can be accepted if only the product has no defect. The supplier can be given another opportunity to ensure proper labelling.

– Poor Workmanship

This is one of the biggest challenges that has proved difficult to resolve.  Poor workmanship will always result in defective products leading to a failed inspection. This could even lead to a restart of the production process.

– Cosmetic Defects

In most cases, buyers are likely to get goods that might go against their cosmetic expectations. Such challenges come as a result of the product being off in logo, size, colour, special properties, etc. This can result in a failed inspection, although the product can be accepted into the market if rectification is made.


Whenever an inspection on a given product is carried out, there are always two results expected. It’s either the products pass or fails the inspection process.  Failure is not an indication that a product is defective and so cannot be accepted. Some factors could make a given product to fail the inspection test. Therefore, this extensively detailed content explains why a product could be accepted even after a failed inspection.

Author: AQI Service as a professional quality control service company in China specialized to provide a complete range of quality inspection and testing certification services in China & Asia for global importers, buyers, retailers, and sellers.

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