2-13. TESTING, SECTION 207
Most subsistence contracts require laboratory testing to insure that the food
product complies with all the requirements. Testing is limited to characteristics required
in the final product. Samples of the product are tested by the appropriate US Army
Health Services Command laboratories (HSCMLs), laboratories of the USDA, or the
Clothing and Textile Laboratory (C&TL).
a. Terms are defined in this section, to include the following:
(1) Certificate of Conformance. A certificate of conformence (CoC)
submitted by the contractor instead of a test report, which states in writing that the
product was inspected at the food processing plant and that all requirements of the
contract were complied with.
(2) Contractor testing. Testing performed by the contractor or an
independent laboratory for the contractor to determine conformity of an item to contract
(3) Government acceptance testing. Testing performed at a government
laboratory upon a government request to determine that requirements of a contract
were complied with.
Special testing. Testing requested by proper authority for a specific
(5) Production testing. An inspection, including examination and testing, of
end items and components described by a new or completely revised specification.
(6) Sample. One or more units of product in a shipment which, will be
examined and/or tested either as single units or as a grouping of units.
(7) Special request for examination. A special request for examination
(SRE) is done by a government laboratory to determine physical characteristics when
the QAR lacks the facilities to perform examination.
(8) Verification testing. Testing performed at a government laboratory to
determine reliability of a contractor's test system or validity of the CoC.
b. Other subsections describe procedures for selecting samples, submitting
samples for laboratory testing, how to complete the form for requesting tests, and so