Biometrics accreditation planned

The Homeland Security Department has asked the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop a Biometrics Laboratory Accreditation Program that would accredit laboratories to evaluate biometric identification systems and related technologies, including facial, fingerprint, retina and voice-recognition systems.

NIST published a notice in the Feb. 29 Federal Register requesting public comments on the proposed program, which would operate under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program.

NVLAP accreditation programs provide unbiased, third-party validation of the technical competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The programs are created for specific fields in response to requests from Congress, other federal agencies or the private sector.

Comments about the proposal should be directed to Brad Moore, NIST/NVLAP program manager, at (301) 975-5740, or e-mailed to him at

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