Under EAC Laboratory Accreditation Program: 1. The lead VSTL is fully responsible for all contracting with third party laboratories for testing under EAC‚Äôs Certification Program. Manufacturers shall not directly manage, control or compensate a subcontracted laboratory. 2. The use of or selection of third party laboratories is at the sole discretion of the lead VSTL. Third party laboratories are subcontractors to the lead VSTL. 3. The lead VSTL shall directly manage the testing project, including the intake and distribution of the manufacturer‚Äôs documentation, management of units under test, and the assessment and management of the testing process.