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Applications Now Available for National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program for Voting System Testing


New York, Jun 27, 2005

A June 17, 2005, Federal Register notice from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the establishment of the Voting System Testing (VST) laboratory accreditation program as part of the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP). Application information and forms are now available; laboratories wishing to be considered for accreditation in the first group must submit applications with the required fees by August 16, 2005.

NIST has established this program at the request of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to fulfill requirements of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. NIST supports the EAC as chair of the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC), of which ANSI is also a member. The TGDC makes recommendations to the EAC on voluntary standards and guidelines related to voting machines. [See related article: EAC Releases Voluntary Voting System Guidelines for Public Comment]

The specific technical and administrative requirements for this program are given in NIST Handbook 150-22, NVLAP Voting System Testing. General requirements for accreditation are given in NIST Handbook 150, NVLAP Procedures and General Requirements. Laboratories must meet all NVLAP criteria and requirements in order to become accredited. The evaluation of the initial group of applicant laboratories for accreditation will commence on or about September 15, 2005. Laboratories whose applications are received after that date will be considered on an as-received basis.

Laboratories may obtain requirements documents and an application for accreditation for this program by calling 301-975-4016, by writing to:

Voting System Testing Program Manager
NIST/NVLAP
100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 2140
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2140

or by sending an e-mail to nvlap@nist.gov. For more information, contact Jeffrey Horlick (301-975-4016; jeffrey.horlick@nist.gov).


The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) provides third-party accreditation to testing and calibration laboratories. NVLAP's accreditation programs are established in response to Congressional mandates or administrative actions by the Federal Government or from requests by private-sector organizations. NVLAP is in full conformance with the standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), including ISO/IEC 17025 and Guide 58.

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