EAC Announces Intention to Suspend SysTest Labs
By U.S. Election Assistance Commission
October 29, 2008
Follows Action Taken by National Institute of Standards and Technology
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today notified
SysTest Laboratories Inc. of its intent to suspend the laboratory’s
accreditation based upon actions taken by the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST).
is one of five laboratories that were accredited by the EAC to test
voting systems under the EAC’s voluntary program. The EAC accredited
SysTest on February 21, 2007 based on a recommendation from NIST. Section 2.4 of EAC’s Voting System Test Laboratory Program Manual
requires all voting system test laboratories to hold “a valid
accreditation from NIST/NVLAP.” Pursuant to Section 5.4 of the Manual,
the EAC today notified SysTest of the Commission’s intent to suspend
its accreditation. SysTest has three days to respond to the EAC’s
action. If SysTest cannot refute the NIST suspension, the EAC will
suspend SysTest requiring the laboratory to immediately halt all
testing under the EAC program.
suspended SysTest due to numerous non-conformities with the NIST
Handbook 150-22 Voting System Testing, which sets forth the procedures,
requirements and guidance for the accreditation of testing and
calibration laboratories by the National Voting Laboratory
Accreditation Program (NVLAP). Non-conformities included failure to
create and validate test methods, improper documentation of testing and
As a result of NIST’s action,
the EAC program director will issue notification informing
manufacturers of their right to request a change of test laboratory in
accordance with the EAC program manual.
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