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SEL Number: 05AU-00-BIOM
Title: Device, Biometric User Authentication

Last Updated: 2/25/2020 10:34:07 AM

Previous SEL Number: 05AU-00-BIOM

Description: Devices that utilize biometric characteristics (fingerprints, palm prints, iris or retinal scanning, tissue matrix, etc.) to authorize access to facilities and/or systems.

ImportantFeatures: May be implemented as a peripheral device or integrated into other hardware.

Operating Considerations: Check both false positive and false negative error rates. False positives are more serious since they validate an unauthorized user.
May create conflicts with other software or some operating systems - be sure to test on actual hardware/software configuration before procurement.
Allowance should be made for circumvention using a backup factor such as a password.
NIST Special Publication 800-76 provides guidance.

Training Requirements: Core Training: Per Manufacturer's Specifications
Initial Training: Minimal (<1 day)
Sustainment Training: Minimal (<1 day)

Mandatory Standards:

Applicable Standards and References:

  • Medical: Point of Dispensing