Dr. Kevin Wilson, Gail Audette, and Curt Dusing of iBeta Quality Assurance met with Congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District on March 8, 2014. We discussed some of the biometric device testing we have performed for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as the publicly available reports associated with testing for the Drug Enforcement Agencies Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances (DEA EPCS) regulations.

congressman-coffmaniBeta tested several devices for the Department of Homeland Security, which are used for both border security and also for insurgent identification in overseas engagements. Much of this work was proprietary and iBeta could not discuss it in detail.

iBeta has also tested a number of fingerprint devices which can be used as one of the two required factors for authentication for a prescriber to transmit a prescription according to the DEA EPCS regulations (21 CFR 1311). Among other requirements, these devices must be validated to meet a false match rate (FMR) of better than 0.001.

Besides using methods approved by the DEA, we mentioned to Congressman Coffman that iBeta’s Biometrics Testing Program is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) supervised by NIST, which in turn is a member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Program (ILAC).

Concluding our meeting was a discussion with Congressman Coffman about laws or pending legislation related to the use or testing of biometrics.