Approvals & Certification

Terminal Type Approval
EMVCo established the Terminal Type Approval process to create a mechanism to test compliance with the EMV Specifications. Type Approval provides an increased level of confidence that interoperability and consistent behaviour between compliant applications have been achieved. EMVCo Type Approval testing is divided into two levels. The Level 1 Type Approval process tests compliance with the electromechanical characteristics, logical interface, and transmission protocol requirements defined in the EMV Specifications. Level 2 Type Approval tests compliance with the debit/credit application requirements as defined in the EMV Specifications. Please visit the Terminal Type Approval section of the site for more information.

Terminal ESD Evaluation
EMVCo established a Terminal ESD Evaluation process to be able to evaluate the level of protection against ESD of Terminal devices.
The EMVCo process implemented performs ESD Evaluation of Chip and Magstripe interfaces of Terminal devices. Terminal vendors may submit their product at the same time as the EMVCo Level 1 Approval, however ESD proctection has no impact on the Level 1 Approval.

Terminal Integration
The Terminal Integration Task Force (TITF) was established by EMVCo in September 2013, to examine the payment systems’ (Brands) testing processes for the integration of EMV contact and contactless acceptance devices into their payment environments. The task force’s mission was to determine the feasibility of aligning key elements of these individual processes, thereby delivering a more streamlined integration testing experience to Chip acquirers and acquirer processors (Testers) that support multiple payment Brands.

The charter defined by EMVCo for the task force required a detailed review of the various processes that Testers encounter to meet individual Brands’ requirements for a terminal that has been approved by EMVCo and is ready for deployment in the field. The task was to determine if it was possible to create a single, consolidated process, possibly managed by EMVCo. If so, the task force would present a proposal to the EMVCo Board for approval and implementation.

Security Evaluation
The EMVCo Security Evaluation Process is intended to provide EMVCo Members' Issuers with valuable and practical information relating to the general security performance characteristics and the suitability of use for smart card related products and IC (integrated circuits) chip-based tokens. The EMVCo Security Evaluation Process is designed to ensure a robust security foundation for these products at the product family and component level. Please visit the Security Evaluation section of the site for more information

Card Type Approval
EMVCo established the Card Type Approval process to create a mechanism to test compliance with the EMV and CPA Specifications. The Card Type Approval process provides an increased level of confidence that interoperability and consistent behaviour between compliant applications have been achieved.

Separate Card Type Approval processes have been defined for CCD (cards implementing the Common Core Definitions (CCD) specifications, which are a part of EMV specifications), and CPA (cards implementing the EMV and Common Payment Application (CPA) specifications.) Please visit the Card Type Approval section of the site for more information.

Mobile Type Approval
EMVCo established the Contactless Mobile Payment (CMP) Product Type Approval process to create a mechanism to test compliance with the EMV Specifications. The CMP Product Type Approval process provides an increased level of confidence that interoperability and consistent behaviour between compliant mobile products have been achieved. Please visit the Mobile Type Approval section of the site for more information.

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