In 2007, the ICAO PKD was created by the ICAO Council at the request of ICAO Contracting States. The ICAO PKD operates under the authority of the "Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Regarding Participation and Cost Sharing in the Electronic Machine Readable Travel Documents ICAO Public Key Directory" (MoU).
The ICAO PKD Board is the standing body responsible for the ICAO PKD and is responsible for a range of administrative and operational procedures to ensure the efficient operation of the PKD, including its financial and contractual management. In addition, the PKD Board develops policies on issues affecting the management, use and deployment of PKD systems in ePassport issuance and ePassport validation at border control.
The ICAO PKD Board is currently made up of fifteen Board Members who are nominated by PKD Participants and appointed by the ICAO Council (in accordance with the provisions of the MoU).
Chairperson: Mr. Mario Wiesen (Luxembourg)
The ICAO PKD Board determines a range of operational procedures including:
The ICAO PKD Board procedural documents and MoU are available for download at PKD Documents.
Details of the application of these arrangements are provided to new PKD Participants after payment of their Registration Fee.
The ICAO PKD Board's annual report to PKD Participants reviewing operational issues in the ICAO PKD is also available for download at PKD Documents.
The names and contact details of PKD Participants are included for download.
The ICAO PKD Board established a PKD Executive Body (PKD EB). The PKD EB consists of the PKD Board Chairperson, three PKD Board Executive Members (EBM) that are current with their fee payments. ICAO Secretariat, the Operator and ISO representative should participate as advisors. The PKD EB may invite experts to the meetings if advice is required.
The PKD Executive Body has the following tasks:
Meets regularly, at least twice a year, and keeps summary minutes of its meetings;
Evaluates and discuss operational issues in regards to the PKD with the operator;
Evaluates and discuss issues raised by Members or Participants;
Exercises the oversight over the operator (checks and approves monthly reports, checks the audit reports, tracks mandates and projects);
Prepares policy and strategy decisions of the Board;
Checks and approves the fund statements per 30.06.20xx and formulates a recommendation to the Board regarding financial statements regarding the ICAO PKD and any related financial activities and the budget proposals;
Reports its work to the Board; and
Executes the mandates given by the Board
Members of the PKD Executive Body: Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland
The Contract Support Group (CSG) was established to handle the tender process of the PKD operational contract, and:
is chaired by the Netherlands;
reports to the PKD Board;
closely cooperates with the ICAO Secretariat;
handles the tender procedure for the PKD operational contract as of 2015; and
prepares and submits to the PKD Board for final agreement relevant PKD Board tender procedure deliverables.
Members of the Contract Support Group:
Germany, New Zealand, United States, Australia, Canada and Switzerland