· Test procedures are prepared by the laboratory's engineering staff to provide instruction to the laboratory's mechanics for performing the required tests. The procedures are based on information provided by the customer prior to preparation of the procedures.
· The test procedure is formatted to provide information such as descriptions of the unit under test, the laboratory equipment which will be used, detailed test procedures, special fixtures, instrumentation, etc.
· A copy of the test procedure is forwarded to the customer for their review and approval prior to the beginning of testing.
· The review and approval phase allows the customer to ensure that their requirements will be met. It also provides an opportunity for possibly reducing costs during testing by eliminating unnecessary steps or procedures, or by making clarifications to the procedures.