Steps to Accreditation

  1. AAAM 44.9 is a comprehensive, scored specification that demonstrates competency in precision dimensional inspection.  A laboratory that has been granted AAAM 44.9 certification shall receive a scaled score between one (1) and ten (10) based on a scoring paradigm detailed in the published AAAM 44.9 specification.
  2. Conventional laboratory certifications deal generally with fixed and portable scanners that use lasers, white and monochrome light, and other contact and non-contact inspection.  AAAM 44.9 is an enhancement to existing certifications; thus laboratories applying for AAAM 44.9 certification shall demonstrate a minimum prerequisite competency by presenting original certification materials ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 certification at the initial application and reviewed in the audit.  Laboratories shall also include documentation of any additional required certifications (depending on which industry-specific level of AAAM 44.9 is requested) such as AS9100 for aerospace, and ISO 13485 for orthopedic and spinal implants.
  3. The Association's paradigm considers tiered results from Gauge Repeatability and Reproducibility (GR&R) study of the laboratory’s measurement system(s) according to specs on AAAM’s non-contact specific Artifact.  The Artifact is traceable to NIST #821/279484-10, #821/279484-10, #681/279723-10, and is geometrically complex and similar to ball bar, with boss and detail features.  The Association will evaluate GR&R results according to tiered limits, and issue a score for the general AAAM 44.9 certification and separate competence classifications for each industrial rider for which the laboratory has requested evaluation.
  4. Subcategory scores, also on a scale of 1 to 10, are conferred according to industry-specific rider specs, for which AAAM 44.9 is a prerequisite.  Rider specs are more specific and exacting than AAAM 44.9, and demonstrate the laboratory’s industry knowledge and competence to perform inspections for clients in precision industries including non-turbine aerospace applications, jet turbine engines, industrial gas turbine engines, peripheral joint implants, spinal implants and surgical instrumentation.
  5. In providing contract inspection services, AAAM 44.9-certified laboratories act in loco for a wide swath of governmental and independent regulatory agencies, and thus provide a public good.  Certified laboratories also represent the American Association of Advanced Metrology and, more broadly, an emerging precision inspection industry.  It is therefore crucial that laboratories maintain the highest standards of professionalism in the execution of their duties.  To that end, an applicant laboratory shall submit:
    • Affidavit of independence certifying that its management and technical personnel are able to exercise independence of judgment
    • PDF application (via e-mail) describing operations and business factors that affect inspection protocols
    • Quality manual for inspection and product certification, outlining laboratory’s code of ethics, organizational authority and accountability chart, control processes and documentation control system
  6. Recertification shall be based on annual audits including updated documents as listed in (5) above.  All changes in hardware, software or technical personnel shall be documented.