A process undertaken under the authority of the federal Election Assistance Commission to "qualify" voting systems. An independent testing authority, designated by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), evaluates a voting system to see if it meets or exceeds the Federal Election Commission's 2002 Voting Systems Standards.

Source: Asking the Right Questions about Electronic Voting, National Research Council, https://www.nap.edu/catalog/11449/asking-the-right-questions-about-electronic-voting