ESD Evaluation Process

This administrative process is used to test terminals for evaluation with ESD resilience.

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The Approval Process

Download & sign registration form to receive a contract and registration number.


Select a laboratory & declare the product. Complete a conformance statement.


Test the product and submit a test report to the product provider.


Evaluates the test reports and issues a 4-year Letter of Evaluation (LOE).

Process Summary

This summary describes the standard process for the evaluation of a new ESD product. The necessary steps are described in detail in the administrative process.

1 of 4 Step 1 Registration

The Product Provider shall download and submit a Request for Registration form to EMVCo. Once EMVCo reviews and accepts the form, the product provider will receive a contract. Once the contract is signed, EMVCo will assign a Product Provider registration number. Registration is a one-time process.

2 of 4 Step 2 Product Declaration

The Product Provider shall select a Laboratory and execute bilateral, required agreements and contracts. The Product Provider shall complete an Implementation Conformance Statement (ICS) document in which it provides detailed information about the Product and supported features. The Laboratory will validate and submit the ICS to EMVCo for verification.

3 of 4 Step 3 Product Validation

Once EMVCo has accepted the ICS, the laboratory performs product testing. The test results are documented in test reports that the laboratory submits to the Product Provider.

4 of 4 Step 4 Product Approval

Upon receipt of the test reports from the Laboratory, the Product Provider decides if it will submit the product for evaluation. Assuming so, the product provider shall complete a Request for Approval form and ask the laboratory to send the test reports to EMVCo. EMVCo will grant a Letter of Evaluation (LOE) when a test report demonstrates sufficient product conformance. Applicable fees must be paid before the LOE is granted.


There are currently no prerequisites to completing the ESD evaluation process.

Fee Structure

For each new product submission of a terminal for ESD Evaluation, specific fees shall be paid to EMVCo as TTA detailed in Bulletin 185. Additional information on fees may be found in the Terminal ESD Evaluation Administrative Process.

Note: EMVCo Accredited Laboratories will have a fee structure for laboratory testing services. EMVCo is not responsible for laboratory testing fees.

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