DOCUMENTATION VERIFICATION SYSTEM PROVIDERS – ALL SPACES ARE NOW FILLED.
Now Posted: Technical Information for:
Document Verification System Providers
Now Posted: Technical Information for:
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will organize conformity and interoperability/crossover tests during the MRTD Regional Seminar that will be held in Madrid, Spain from 25 to 27 June 2014. The tests are based on the European Union States mandatory implementation of the ICAO Supplemental Access Control (SAC) mechanism for machine readable travel documents. The main beneficiaries of these tests are EU Member States. Depending on the number of EU Member States that will participate in the event, and under certain conditions, a limited number of non-EU ICAO Member States and private sector travel document manufacturers would be allowed to participate (on a first come first serve basis).
Recognizing that electronic passports (e-Passports) need to be protected, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) introduced the Supplemental Access Control (SAC) mechanism for Machine Readable Travel Documents. SAC provides an access control mechanism that is supplementary to Basic Access Control (BAC). This mechanism is based on Password Authenticated Connection Establishment (PACE) as specified by ICAO. The test will focus on the implementation of PACE v2 as specified in the Technical Report “ICAO Technical Report RF PROTOCOL AND APPLICATION TEST STANDARD FOR E-PASSPORT - PART 3” (version 2.01, February 2013).
For further information on BAC, SAC and PACE, please refer to http://www.icao.int/Security/mrtd/Pages/Technical-Reports.aspx.
Accordingly, the European Commission has recently decided to enforce the use of this mechanism (PACE) for all travel documents issued as of 31 December 2014. Thus, it is important that global interoperability is achieved, to make the enhancement reliable for the document verification process. To assist EU States achieve such global interoperability, ICAO will host a global (e-Passport) interoperability test, which will take place commencing Monday, 23 June (registration - refer to last paragraph “How to Register”) to Friday, 27 June 2014 in conjunction with the MRTD Regional Seminar being held in Madrid, Spain.
Also, in some cases, States have issued e-Passports with Extended Access Control (EAC) to protect personal biometric information encoded therein, following the security guidelines introduced by ICAO. To ensure interoperability of e-Passport documents and the transitioning of these travel documents to implementing SAC, the interoperability test may also include the crossover tests required.
The test event targets both document manufacturers and document verification system providers.
ICAO, with the assistance of Member States experts, will lead and supervise the technical aspects of the tests. The independent services of various private sector document verification system providers and conformity test laboratories will be secured. Individual test results will be kept confidential.
The following scenarios will be investigated:
The ICAO Interoperability Test is Open to:
Sample Mandatory Requirements
Document Registration Details
The event begins with mandatory document registration on Monday, 23 June from 1300 to 1700 hours. Document conformity and crossover testing will commence on Tuesday, 24 June 2014. The results will be presented on 27 June 2014 at the morning session of the MRTD Regional Seminar and will include statistics and conclusions on the conformity and crossover results.
How to Register
To register your participation as a State or Document Provider who will submit samples for the interoperability test, please send your confirmation by email to ICAOTRIP@icao.int before the following deadlines:State deadline: Friday, 30 May 2014Private Sector deadline: Friday, 6 June 2014