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Changes to AASHTO Accreditation Fees

Jun 27, 2019

Effective July 1, 2019, fees associated with the AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP) will be changing.  Most customers will not experience this fee increase until the end of the current annual billing cycle (March 31, 2020). 

Laboratories who withdraw from AASHTO Accreditation Program services before the end of the billing cycle and laboratories who choose to use internal examinations to satisfy certification requirements in certain ASTM standards will experience the fee change before that time.

The AAP has not increased its annual fees since 2008.  In that last decade, several improvements have been made to our corrective action review process, our informational offerings on our website, our specifier tools, and our turn-around times for reviews.

Right now, we are working on a significant overhaul of the online system that will add more features and help promote your accreditation to specifiers so that you can experience a better return on your accreditation investment.

Changes to the fee structure are listed below:

  • The annual base fee will increase from $350 to $550.
  • The cap on total annual administrative fees will increase from $2,100 to $2,300.
  • The annual fees for Quality Management System standards will now be determined by counting each line item on the downloadable certificate instead of per material type.
  • Laboratories which cancel accreditation services will be sent a final prorated invoice for the entire amount of the annual fees from April 1 to the date of cancellation starting on July 1 of the cancellation year.This provides the laboratory three months of time to cancel without an additional invoice after paying their previous year’s accreditation fees.
  • The application fee will increase from $250 to $550 and will be applied to the first annual AAP invoice.The rest of the amount will be prorated based on how long the lab was accredited during the first year.
  • The temporary laboratory accreditation extension fee will change from $400 to $550 plus the existing $25 per standard fee once the extension has been approved.
  • Reviews of laboratory-prepared Internal examinations will now be invoiced at $100 per standard method exam and are required to be paid prior to the first review of the exam.
Starting July 1, complete details regarding the new AASHTO Accreditation Program fees can be found on the associated Fees page.