An ASTA Observer is responsible for the proper conduct of tests made under the aegis of ASTA and for the accuracy of the recorded test results and their presentation, at his or her own laboratory.
An ASTA Observer is responsible only to ASTA when conducting tests under the aegis of ASTA. Each ASTA Observer witnesses type tests and their responsibilities include:
a) The examination of the apparatus before, during and after a series of type tests to ensure that the requirements of the Standard, ASTA Rules and ASTA Test Instructions have been satisfied.
b) The responsibility for the recording of the condition of the apparatus before, during and after a series of tests.
In addition, the ASTA Observer is also responsible for verifying that any drawings and parts schedules submitted correctly identify the equipment tested. The ASTA Observer will also sign official reports associated with ASTA Certificates and Test Reports.
How to Become an ASTA Observer
The following process applies for becoming an ASTA Observer:
All ASTA Observers are reviewed periodically during the review of ASTA Type Test Certificates and surveillance laboratory assessment.
ASTA Observers from ASTA Head Office
Additional to the above, senior expert ASTA Observers from Intertek's ASTA Head Office in the UK are able to witness and observe testing in virtually any laboratory in the world (subject to Intertek’s policy for not working in countries subject to international sanctions).