ICAO Technical Advisory Group on Machine Readable Travel Documents

The ICAO MRTD Programme is supported by the Technical Advisory Group on Machine Readable Travel Documents (TAG/MRTD), which is an advisory group appointed by the ICAO Secretary General. The TAG/MRTD consists of government and private sector experts, and exercises a dual function within the MRTD Programme: it (i) establishes policy recommendations and proposals, and (ii) develops, establishes and maintains MRTD standards and specifications.
The TAG/MRTD also supports the ICAO Secretariat work through its two working groups:
  • The New Technologies Working Group (NTWG): responsible for research, analysis and reporting on new technologies available today or in the future for use in MRTDs, including the development of MRTD specifications contained in Document 9303; and
  • The Implementation and Capacity Building Working Group (ICBWG): assists the Secretariat and its international and regional partners in implementing all the education, promotion, assistance and capacity building demands channelled through the ICAO Secretariat.


Terms of reference. The TAG/MRTD is appointed by the Secretariat, which reports on its progress to the Air Transport Committee. The TAG/MRTD develops specifications for machine readable passports, visas and official travel documents and guidance material to assist States in implementing these specifications and exploiting modern techniques in inspection systems.


TAG/MRTD Members and Observers

​Member ​Nominated by
​Ms. A. Moores ​Australia
​Ms. H. Richardson ​Canada
​Ms. M. Cabello ​Chile
​Mr. W. Xiaobo ​China
​Mr. M. Vacek ​Czech Republic
​Vacant ​France
​Mr. O. Götz ​Germany
​Mr. R. Swaminathan ​India 
​Mr. J. Nugent ​Ireland
Mr. Y. Ando​ ​Japan
​Ms. G.M.Keijzer-Baldé ​Netherlands
​Mr. D. Philp ​New Zealand
​Mr. J. Wariya ​Nigeria
​Vacant ​Portugal
​Mr. Y. Valentinovich Vzilter ​Russian Federation
​Mr. F.J. Aranda ​Spain
​Mr. L. Bjöhle ​Sweden
​Mr. R. Vanek ​Switzerland
​Mr. A. Brown ​United Kingdom
​Mr. M. Holly ​United States
Observer organizations:
Airports Council International (ACI) ​ International Organization for Migration (IOM) ​
European Union (EU) ​ ​International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
International Air Transport Association (IATA) ​Organization of American States (OAS) – Inter-American Committee on Terrorism (CICTE)
International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) ​Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
​International Labour Organization (ILO) ​United Nations (UN)



Secretary: ICAO TRIP Officer
First meeting held: 16-20 January 1986
Most recent meeting held: TAG/22, 21-23 May 2014
Next meeting: TAG/23, 2-4 February 2016
Becoming a TAG/MRTD member. A government agency interested in becoming a member is requested to send a formal nomination letter addressed to the ICAO Secretary General, attaching a Curriculum Vitae of the expert whom is being nominating as a Member of the TAG/MRTD. 



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