48 CFR § 846.470 - Use of commercial organizations for inspections and grading services.
The contracting officer may use a commercial organization for inspection and grading services when the contracting officer determines that all of the following exist:
(a) The results of a technical inspection or grading are dependent upon the application of scientific principles or specialized techniques.
(b) VA is unable to employ the personnel qualified to properly perform the services and is unable to locate another Federal agency capable of providing the service.
(c) The inspection or grading results issued by a private organization are essential to verify the acceptance or rejection of a special commodity.
(d) The services may be performed without direct Government supervision.