3. Activities for Factories or facilities for Repairing Legally Designated Ship Equipment
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport certifies those factories or facilities for repairing legally designated ship equipment which own legally specified facilities and equipment and have sufficient personnel for executing periodic inspections on the legally designated ship equipment as approved factories or facilities. Actually, the authority to certify such factories or facilities is delegated to the General Managers of District Transport Bureaus.
The items maintained by such approved factories or facilities are exempted from government inspections and left to the in-house inspections of these factories or facilities.
This system is based on the technical ability to secure the quality and performance of ship equipment and management ability to control documents and articles regarding maintenance. The approved factory or facility for repairing bears a great responsibility of conducting statutory inspections on behalf of the government and therefore are required to endeavor to keep their maintenance technologies and management systems always high enough to satisfy the legal requirements.
SQCA executes the activities for these factories or facilities.
 Inspection Guidance Activities
SQCA conducts the guidance activities explained below. The guidance technicians of SQCA visits concerned factories or facilities and conducts necessary guidance activities in close collaboration with the Maritime Technology and Safety Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the competent District Transport Bureau having jurisdiction over the concerned factories or facilities.
(1) New Guidance
SQCA gives factories or facilities wishing to be newly approved necessary guidance over the whole range of the legal requirements as to whether they satisfy the requirements and what they should do to satisfy the requirements from application to acquisition of approvals.
(2) Traveling Audit and Guidance
SQCA periodically audits and give guidance to the factories or facilities for repairing regarding the maintenance of legal requirements and give their service engineers necessary guidance.
 Training Operation
SQCA holds training courses on laws and ordinances, maintenance technologies, operation control and other necessary items to develop service engineers on such important life-saving appliances as inflatable liferaft, emergency chute, emergency position indicating radio beacon, radar transponder and two-way radiotelephone apparatus so that they may become able to conduct government's safety inspection and other inspections of the same levels.