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Physical Access Control System (PACS) Approved Products List

This is the official list of commercially-available PACS products approved for procurement by federal agencies. Each product has undergone rigorous testing 1 for security, conformance, functionality, and interoperability with other components within specific topology 2 configurations. Product approval is limited to the listed configurations. Each configuration listed with a status of "Approved" will include the components tested from end-to-end and the specific manufacturer procurement details thereof (part numbers, software versions and firmware versions).
Upon receipt of approval, each component tested in a category (PACS Infrastructure, Validation System, PACS Validation Infrastructure or PIV Reader) receives a unique APL # and an approval letter.
The Program does not recommend procuring: 1) configurations listed in the PACS APL download with a status other than "Approved" (Testing in Progress, Application under Review, etc.) or 2) products that do not match the specific part numbers, software versions and firmware versions listed in an approved configuration.
Per M-06-18, GSA has established Special Item Number (SIN) 132-62 on Information Technology (IT) Schedule 70 for the acquisition of approved HSPD-12 Implementation Products and Services. All products and services offered on SIN 132-62 have been evaluated and qualified to be in compliance with government-wide requirements. Agencies may acquire individual product items, deployment services, complete contractor managed services for any of the HSPD-12 categories, or may acquire bundled, integrated solutions.

Click here for Recommended Procurement Language.
Click here to view PACS Testing Documents.

See below for additional information regarding testing and topologies. For a limited time only, product testing is currently being funded by the GSA.

Note: Procuring agencies can add (or incrementally update) components to an existing, and approved, PACS system configuration according to the tables / rows shown below. Note that there is not necessarily a 1-to-1 relationship between components in an approved configuration. As an example, in the 13.01 Topology it is likely that multiple readers may serve one validation system and connect to one PACS infrastructure. If you have additional questions please contact us at ICAM@gsa.gov.


Security professionals at federal buildings have three base case scenarios to consider when designing, specifying and implementing an APL Approved E-PACS. They are:

1. I am moving up in security levels (e.g., from Controlled up to Limited),
2. I am staying within the same level (e.g., from Limited to Limited), and
3. I am transiting down a level (e.g., from Limited down to Controlled).

SP800-116 mainly addresses (1). Appendix C provides for every possible combination of transition between levels in this context.  Note that FIPS 201-2 deprecated CHUID Authentication.

SP800-116 does not cover (3).  Security professionals should look to other federal guidance and policy sources as may be applicable to their facility to determine how to manage this transition.  Documents from the Interagency Security Committee and other best practices in physical security should be consulted with special attention paid if to mustering if that is a requirement of the building.


SP800-116 covers (2). For any level other than exclusionary, any PIV authentication mechanism may be used when staying at the same level. For an exclusionary area, a two or three-factor mechanism should be used.


Note on Testing Criteria Applied: The Program has published the FICAM Testing Program Functional Requirements and Test Cases document, which specifies the functional requirements the Program uses to test a PACS submitted for approval. All requirements are tested using a smart card as presented to the PACS and various Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) paths. The PKI and smart cards test for specific common failures in smart cards and PKI, as well as Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) issues that impact PACS specifically.

2 Note on the Use of the Term "Topologies": Industry has noted that there is more than one possible PACS end-to-end configuration ( also called "Topology"). The FIPS 201 / FICAM Testing Program is agnostic to topology and focuses solely on functional testing using an end-to-end testing methodology. The Program encourages industry innovation and supports varying topologies. A new topology can be proposed to the Program via the streamlined "Topology Adoption Process". Adoption is based on whether the proposed topology is commercially available, conformant to applicable Program functional requirements, and is in the best interest of the federal government.