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Exploring MEC surveys with LR


In the drive for improved efficiency, machinery and materials manufacturers need to be more adaptable than ever. And as a manufacturer, you need confidence in the quality and conformity of your final product.

LR’s Quality Assurance Engineering Schemes (QAES) provides you with the support and flexibility you need to meet the demands of shipping and remain competitive – throughout the complete manufacturing supply chain.

Why Quality Assurance Engineering Schemes?

  • Helps to reduce the potential risk of delay
  • Keeps costs to a minimum
  • Provides an opportunity for continuous improvement
  • Ensures products meet the necessary rules and regulations


Lloyd’s Register’s quality schemes provide you with an alternative approach for product assurance. It enables the assessment of a product’s quality during the different stages of manufacture, scoping the complete supply chain through a combination of product and system auditing while applying quality assurance principles.

Quality Assurance Engineering Schemes audits are undertaken less frequently but in greater depth, and our technical expertise will highlight opportunities to improve quality further. Once approved on a scheme, you’ll have all the paperwork in hand to issue the product certificates directly to further streamline the process. Our schemes include:


The Quality Assurance Scheme for Machinery (QAM) is a flexible scheme that allows for a mix of approaches for surveying machinery components and equipment products without direct survey.

Under the QAM Scheme, LR will consider the extent to which manufacturing processes and control procedures ensure conformity with the applicable requirements of LR’s Rules, technical specifications and any other applicable standards or codes.


The Quality Assurance Scheme for Lifting Appliances (QAL) is an alternative to direct survey and certification of lifting appliance components and equipment.

Under the QAL Scheme, LR will consider whether manufacturing processes and control procedures ensure conformity with applicable requirements of LR’s Rules, technical specifications and any other applicable standards or codes.


The Materials Quality Scheme (MQS) is a flexible, customised scheme designed for material manufacturers who fulfil high-quality criteria and applicable requirements of LR’s rules, technical specifications and any other applicable standards or codes.

Further information can be found in Approval of a Manufacturer according to the Quality Assurance Engineering Scheme April 2022.

Confirm validity of QAM approval

If you want to confirm the validity of a QAM approval, please contact the following providing details of the facility.

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LR's third-party certification services deliver the confidence manufacturers and clients need, providing the technical expertise to ensure products and components meet the highest standards.

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