The AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP) formally recognizes the competency of RSA Geolab LLC to perform specific tests on construction materials. In addition to being the largest accrediting body in the construction materials industry, the AAP is also the most widely-accepted. AASHTO-accredited laboratories have proven their commitment to quality and can set themselves apart from their competitors.
The Geosynthetic Accreditation Institute-Laboratory Accreditation Program (GAI-LAP) is one of five individual institutes created to accredit laboratories affiliated with geosynthetic testing. The GAI framed the accreditation programs around the following three international known standards; ISO 9000 Quality Management Systems-Requirements, ISO 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories and ISO 17011 Conformity Assessment. The program is intended to ensure that the specific laboratory is capable of properly rendering the tests that they contract to perform. The essence of the program is to accredit geosynthetic testing laboratories for performing consensus standardized test methods insofar as equipment, documentation and testing protocol is concerned.
USACE Acquisition Instruction
The USACE Acquisition Instruction (UAI) is issued by the Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA), the Chief of Engineers, pursuant to the FAR 1.301, DFARS 201.304, and under the authority of the Secretary of the Army, pursuant to AFARS 5101.304. The UAI establishes uniform policies and procedures to ensure that business practices are consistent throughout USACE, provides internal guidance, delegations of authority, assignments of responsibilities, work‐flow procedures, procedures that are required by regulation to be established by the HCA, procedures that implement policies, and internal reporting requirements.