EMVCo Associates

EMVCo facilitates worldwide interoperability and acceptance of secure payment transactions. To achieve this objective, EMVCo actively engages the payment community in developing, enhancing and evolving the EMV® Specifications.

The EMVCo Associates Programme (“EAP”) was established in 2010 to facilitate this engagement and enable the broader payments community to play an active role in its strategic and technical direction.

The EAP provides anyone with an interest in EMV® with opportunities for dynamic and early engagement on specification development beyond those offered to the general public. Many payment community stakeholders are active participants within EMVCo’s initiatives and have a significant influence on the work efforts of the organisation.

Benefits of Associate Participation

The EAP:

  • Facilitates early and inclusive engagement for all stakeholders committed to EMV® payment technology.
  • Provides flexible participation options to meet the needs of various industry stakeholders and expand the opportunity for engagement.
  • Delivers a worldwide schedule that offers face-to-face meetings and networking opportunities in every global region annually.

For further information, download the EAP summary sheet.

Benefits of Associate Participation – Technical Input

EMVCo Associates have the opportunity to provide input and receive feedback on detailed technical and operational issues connected to the EMV® Specifications and related processes.

Open to any industry stakeholder with a commercial or technical interest in monitoring the EMV® Specifications, the EAP gives organisations the opportunity to interact regularly with EMVCo’s technical Working Groups, offer input to meeting agendas, submit technical contributions to EMVCo for consideration, and gain early access to draft specifications and other technical documents.

Benefits include the following:

  • Engagement with EMVCo technical Working Groups, ensuring up-to-date information on all Working Group activities and future specification development from inception. Privileges include the following:
    • Participation in workshops with all Working Groups
    • The opportunity to provide input to meeting agendas
    • The opportunity to submit technical contributions
    • Advance receipt of Working Group meeting materials and documents
  • Eligibility to attend twice annual Technical meetings
  • Eligibility for participation in ad hoc task force activity, offering involvement in new research efforts
  • Focused networking opportunities with EMVCo Board of Managers, working group representatives and other EAP Associates
  • Free company EMVCo Subscriber benefits, including:
    • Advance access to EMV® Specification revisions, draft documents and upcoming meeting materials
    • Participation in an annual EMV® User Meeting hosted by EMVCo with free registration for three attendees

Benefits of Associate Participation – Strategic Direction

The EMVCo Board of Advisors provides EMVCo with input on strategic and business topics related to the use of the EMV® Specifications.

Input from the Board of Advisors is critical to EMVCo meeting the needs of the payment industry. Associates that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to EMV® deployment and interoperability may participate on EMVCo’s Board of Advisors. The Board of Advisors has the opportunity to provide EMVCo with input on strategic and business topics related to the use of the EMV® Specifications, including the opportunity to communicate with EMVCo executives on EMV’s future business direction.

Benefits include the following:

  • Seat on the EMVCo Board of Advisors, providing the opportunity for interaction with EMVCo executives on strategic business direction.
  • Review and validate the business rationale driving new initiatives and major updates.
  • Eligibility to attend twice annual Board of Advisors meetings.
  • Focused networking opportunities with EMVCo executives and other Board of Advisors.

The standard annual fee for EMVCo Associate participation is $27,500.

Flexible engagement options

EMVCo is committed to expanding engagement opportunities for payments community participants to further encourage diverse and representative input from a rapidly evolving marketplace.

EMVCo has created targeted merchant and industry group participation categories, with the goal of providing these important payment partners flexible options for engagement:*

  • The fee for Associates who elect to participate as Merchants is $15,000. A ‘Merchant’ is defined as a company who accepts EMV® products and whose primary business is the selling of consumer goods or services. If the company has multiple divisions, to qualify for the merchant fee, those attending EMVCo meetings need to work in the division responsible for the acceptance of EMV® products for the purpose of selling consumer goods or services.
  • The fee for Associates who elect to participate as Industry Groups is $15,000. An ‘Industry Group’ is defined as a body comprised of members (individuals, companies or other bodies) for a common industry purpose, such as an association, council or similar representative body.

How do I participate as an Associate?

Click here to sign up as an EMVCo Associate. EMVCo invoices annual participation fees, which are prorated for those organizations joining mid-year.

What are the Participation Terms?

Associate participation is open to payment industry stakeholders (or their representative associations) that have a commercial or technical interest in monitoring the EMV® Specifications.

To review eligibility requirements, see the Policy & Procedures Document.

To review participation terms, review the EMVCo Associates Programme Participation Agreement.

*Please see Policy & Procedures Document for full details for participation in these categories.

FAQs

Q: Who can participate as an EMVCo Associate?

A: To participate as an EMVCo Associate, the applicant must be a stakeholder in the payment card industry or a representative association of a type of such industry stakeholders and have a commercial or technical interest in monitoring the EMV® Specifications.

Q: What is the EMVCo Board of Advisors?

A: The EMVCo Board of Advisors provides EMVCo with input on strategic and business topics related to the use of the EMV® Specifications. The Board of Advisors meets twice annually, giving them the opportunity to communicate with EMVCo executives. Input from the Board of Advisors is extremely valuable. EMVCo has expanded the Board of Advisors to include those Associates demonstrating a commitment to EMV® deployment and interoperability to enable broader industry input on the strategic direction of EMVCo’s increasingly diverse initiatives

Q: What is the annual participation fee for Associates?

A: The annual participation fee for an Associate is $27,500 payable in advance. Fees are payable on an annual basis and prorated for those organisations that join mid-year. The annual participation fee for an Associate who participates as a Merchant or Industry Group is $15,000, payable in advance. Restrictions apply; please click here for more details on these categories.

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FAQs

Q: How can I change my contact information?

A: Once logged in as an Associate, you may update your profile by selecting 'Click here' under the “My Account” header, and then selecting 'Update My Profile' on the left side of page. Once your information is updated, select 'Submit' at the bottom of page.

Q: How can I change my login ID?

A: Your default login ID is your email address. Once logged in as an Associate, you may update your profile by selecting 'Click here' under the “My Account” header, and then selecting 'Update My Profile' on the left side of page. Once your information is updated, select 'Submit' at the bottom of page.

Q: How can I reset my password?

A: On the EMVCo website homepage, select 'Login' located at the upper right corner of the page. Enter your login ID, select 'Forgot Password', and enter the information requested.

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