AALARA: Australian Amusement, Leisure and Recreation Association Inc. AALARA is the national body representing the amusement, leisure and recreation industry of Australia.  AALARA has particular responsibilities in the areas of safety, operations and management within these industries.

ACES: Amusement Catering Equipment Society. The Amusement Catering Equipment Society is a long established society for Showmen, Acts and suppliers to the events industry including mobile caterers.

ADIPS: Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme. UK scheme ran by the ADSC to ensure that amusement devices are checked for safety before they are first used and on the periodic basis required to assess their ability to operate safely throughout their working life.

ADSC: Amusement Device Safety Council. The policy making body for safety, self-regulation and technical guidance in the UK amusement industry. This committee, in partnership with Health and Safety Executive (HSE), develops the policy for, and oversees the amusement device inspection procedures scheme (ADIPS). In addition it is the focal point for industry related safety matters. It also provides the directors for ADIPS.

AIS: Association of Independent Showman. An organisation of showmen who own, operate or have an interest in fairground equipment and circuses.

ALES: Amusement and Leisure Equipment Suppliers of the United Kingdom. ALES-UK is an industry trade association that represents the interest of, and provides a forum for UK registered manufacturers and suppliers of a wide range of amusement and related leisure equipment, and associated service providers.

ASTM: American Society for Testing and Materials. A not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for the development and publication of international voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems and services.

BACTA: British Amusement Catering Trades Association. Trade association for the amusement and gaming machine industry in the UK.

BALPPA: British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions

CARES: Council for Amusement and Recreational Equipment Safety. The Organization of Government Officials Responsible for Enforcement of Amusement Ride and Recreational Equipment Regulations (US)

FJAC: Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks Joint Advisory Committee on Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks

IAAPA: International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities worldwide.

NAARSO: National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials is a non-profit organization that provides resources for amusement industry professionals dedicated to the safety of the industry and its patrons (US).

NAFLIC: National Association for Leisure Industry Certification

SGGB: Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain. The negotiating body which protects the interests of travelling showmen who gain their livelihoods by attending funfairs.

SIRPS: Society of Independent Roundabout Proprietors. Society of professional and semi-professional showmen owning and operating principally pre-WWII fairground equipment, including steam powered, wood framed and hand-turned fairground rides.

The list above is intended to provide a guide to industry related organisations operating within the amusement sector, but should not be considered an exhaustive list. Should you wish to propose an addition/amendment to the information listed above, please contact us.