Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services Ground Vehicle Standard (CAAS-GVS)
CAAS was formed in 1990 as a nonprofit organization that accredits ambulance services in North America. This independent Commission established and has maintained a comprehensive set of standards for ground ambulance services since 1993.
In response to concerns from the EMS industry leaders, the CAAS Board of Directors established a Steering Committee of to evaluate and discuss the impact of NFPA 1917 (2013). The recommendation of the Steering Committee was to pursue developing consensus-based Ground Vehicle Standards (GVS) using an Action Committee consisting of EMS stakeholders.
In 2013, the Action Committee started developing GVS 2015 (working title). On a parallel track, CAAS applied for accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developer. The process used to develop GVS 2015 adhered to the ANS process, which required all meetings to the public and include two formal public comment periods.
CAAS received ANSI accreditation as a Standards Developer in November 2015.
GVS 2015 was renamed Ground Vehicle Standards version 1.0 and published in March 2016, with an effective date of July 1, 2016, and a three year revision cycle.
Although GVS emerged from the Board of Directors responsible for accreditation standards, CAAS has since established GVS as a project separate from the ground ambulance accreditation process.