Type Approval (Homologation) and the Inspection and Check of Commercial Ammunition :

Firms wishing to manufacture, to market, or to import small arms ammunition within the C.I.P. (i.e. in a C.I.P. signatory state), must apply for C.I.P. Type Approval (Homologation).

Only those firms that have been granted C.I.P. Type Approval can manufacture and market ammunition for weapons with either smooth bore or rifled barrels.

Once Type Approved the manufacturer must repeat the inspection and check tests for each new batch of manufacture.

A Certificate of Conformity is to be issued for each calibre provided that the C.I.P. Standards have been met.

An inspection mark (Proof Mark of the Proof House) is to be affixed to each box of ammunition.