NFC Forum Announces an Independent Contactless Standards Certification Program

The NFC Forum has released its product certification program, CR12, that for the first time enables smartphone manufacturers and suppliers of other devices using contactless technologies to prove conformance to NFC technical standards that are now harmonized with other industry contactless standards.

Smartphones and other NFC-enabled devices that conform to CR12 can support the wide variety of NFC implementations while also improving the user experience in use cases such as, but not limited to, public transport, contactless payment, access control, automotive, proof of ID and eDriver’s licenses. CR12 offers the first industry independent contactless standard certification program that certifies compliance with contactless standards from the NFC Forum. There is no cost for the certificate from the NFC Forum with a valid test report from an authorized test lab. This new pricing goes into effect January 1, 2021.

The contactless experience for billions of people just got better. Before CR12, many NFC implementations were using slightly different variations of one or more core technology standards,” said Mike McCamon, executive director, NFC Forum. “This created many challenges for technology suppliers and manufacturers to create truly seamless interoperable products and services. The primary benefit to users will mean that CR12-certified mobile phones and other devices can seamlessly work in all contactless applications that use the new harmonized technical standards.”

Harmonized Contactless Standards

In the last few years, NFC Forum conceived and led harmonization efforts with important core standards such as ISO/IEC 14443, ISO/IEC 18092, ISO/IEC 15693, JIS X 6319-4, EMVCo and GSMA. The goal was to eliminate differences in the standards and improve the end user experience. The NFC Forum inventoried the variations of contactless standards and developed solutions to eliminate the differences between the standards. The appropriate specifications were updated according to these revisions and the NFC Forum Certification Program was refreshed to match the technical specification updates.

NFC Forum’s comprehensive certification program offers process-controlled development for test specifications and procedures, test-tool validation and authorized test labs and audits.

The release of CR12 enables smartphone manufacturers and suppliers of other devices using contactless technologies to proof conformance to the new NFC Forum technical standards that are now harmonized with other contactless standards in the industry. NFC-enabled smartphones that conform to the new technical standard can work with all NFC consumer applications.  For the first time technology suppliers and manufacturers can certify their products with contactless services with the certification program of an industry independent standardization-body. This will lead to improved interoperability and a better user experience.

Click here to learn more about the NFC Forum Certification Program.