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Sampling & Testing

The RFGSA contracts with independent lab facilities to provide sampling and analysis for its programs. The Association lab facilities undergo a rigorous selection process, stringent program requirements for quality oversight and ongoing participation in Industry and EPA correlations.

All lab facilities are required to maintain the minimum certifications:

  • ISO 9001:2000 - Quality Management Systems
  • ISO/IEC 17025:2005 - General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been contracted by RFGSA to procure and test fuel samples from the PPS-selected service stations. The individuals collecting samples at your site are trained independent contractors (IC’s) for SwRI and are only involved in collecting and shipping the fuel samples to SwRI. The IC’s are not employed by nor are they agents of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or any other environmental enforcement organization.

The samples will be purchased and pumped into aluminum bottles, which are approved containers for fuel storage and shipment. Attached to each bottle is a tag, which identifies your station brand, address, time period for sample collection and grade of product to be collected. Feel free to inspect the bottles and observe the sample collection process.

About Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

SwRI is an independent, nonprofit applied research and development organization based in San Antonio, TX. Since 1952, SwRI has offered extensive petroleum products research services, providing chemical and physical analyses, as well as most standard ASTM international, federal, and industrial testing.