The EMV® Contactless Specifications refer to transactions using proximity NFC payment devices. These devices allow transactions to be made by waving or tapping on an EMV® Contactless enabled terminal. Similar to contact chip cards, they also support cryptographic functions for more secure transactions than with traditional magnetic-stripe cards.
EMVCo test and approve the products from the industry to certify their compliance with the contactless EMV® specifications.
In order to test and approve the contactless products, EMVCo certify Service Providers such as Laboratories and Testing Tools.
EMVCo manages a Kernel ID registration process for entities wishing to register their own Kernel ID.
20 Jul 2017
|EMV® L3 Testing Framework – Test Tool Requirements|
21 Oct 2016
|EMV® Level 3 Testing Framework – Process Enhancements|
30 Sep 2016
|Webcast: Mobile Level 1 / Contactless Mobile Payment Approvals|
01 Sep 2016
|Interoperability Working Group Issues List|
18 Dec 2015
|Contactless Acceptance at Point of Sale|
26 Jun 2015
|EMVCo White Paper on Contactless Mobile Payment|
18 Mar 2015
|Bulletin nº 001, Formal Adoption of Level 3|
20 Nov 2014
|A Guide to EMV® Chip Technology|
14 Mar 2012
|Recommendations for Management of Electrostatic Discharge at the Point of Sale|
18 Feb 2010
|Best Practice for the Issuance and Acceptance of Dual Interface Cards|
Q: What is an EMVCo Contactless Kernel C-n?
A: It is a self-contained software Module compliant to one of the EMVCo Book C-n Contactless Specifications.
Q: What does Contactless Product testing mean?
A: Contactless Product testing is the testing of EMVCo Terminal software built to Book A & B Specifications (Entry Point) containing an approved PCD and at least one of C-n Kernels in an EMVCo accredited laboratory. Contactless Product testing also involves Kernel Independency testing and Modular testing (if supported). Note that for Contactless Product Type Approval, the approval and testing covers a complete Contactless Product and not components within this Product.
Q: What are the requirements for placement of the contactless symbol?
A: Requirements for placement of the contactless symbol are described in the Contactless Symbol Reproduction Requirements found here.
Draft Specifications and Bulletins are shared with EMVCo Associates and Subscribers, who provide feedback and submit Queries. They are also eligible to attend relevant meetings to discuss the Specifications.