Membership Overview

The Forum welcomes participation from all organizations – for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, and industry associations with compatible technical interests. The NFC Forum is an independent legal entity, a 501 (c) (6) tax-exempt organization incorporated in the state of Delaware in the United States. If you are interested in joining the NFC Forum:

  1. Review the membership benefits for each membership level.
  2. Download the Membership Application.
  3. Download and review the By-laws, NFC Forum Rules of Procedure, IPR Policy, and Charter.
  4. Complete and sign the Membership Application.
  5. Submit it by fax, scanned email, or postal mail using the contact information listed on the form.
  6. If you have questions, contact membership@nfc-forum.org.
  7. Your application for Principal, Associate, Implementer, or Non-profit membership will be reviewed and you will be accepted immediately, if your information is complete and payment is enclosed. Membership privileges do not begin until we receive payment. For Non-profit membership applications, please submit evidence of non-profit status.

Sponsor Member applications will be reviewed by the NFC Forum Board of Directors to ensure appropriate balance across regions and sectors. For this reason, Sponsor applicants are asked for additional information on the application. You will be notified if your Sponsor Member application is accepted.

Membership Benefits

The Near Field Communication Forum is leading the way to a world of secure universal commerce and connectivity. Formed in 2004 to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology.

Members receive many benefits, and the Forum welcomes participation from all organizations – for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, and industry associations with compatible technical interests – to further the mission of the NFC Forum.

The NFC Forum offers five membership levels, with a variety of benefits, privileges, and annual dues designed to match each organization’s interests and market requirements.

View the Membership Benefits in chart form.

Benefits and Privileges for All Members

Membership in the NFC Forum brings many benefits. Membership options are tailored to meet the wide range of needs of NFC Forum member organizations. All members receive these benefits:

  • Access to the NFC Forum Members Community website
  • One copy of all published Forum specifications without charge
  • Attendance at plenary meetings of the Forum
  • Ability to participate in product interoperability testing/Plugfests
  • Ability to participate in the NFC Forum Certification Program (open only to members)
  • Access to Forum research, technical information, and other resources
  • Opportunities for peer-to-peer collaboration
  • Your company name, logo, and press releases cited on the Forum website
  • Use of the NFC Forum logo on your website to indicate membership

Sponsor Member Benefits and Privileges

Sponsor Members (annual dues $50,000) are those committed and involved companies seeking the most influence over the future of the NFC Forum and its deliverables. Sponsors are also entitled to:

  • A Board of Directors seat
  • Designate individuals to run for position as officer of the corporation
  • Appoint a voting representative to the Technical, SIG, and Compliance Committees
  • Appoint a voting representative to each Working Group
  • Designate individuals to run for a position leading a Committee or Working Group
  • Propose initiatives and contribute to the development of Forum deliverables
  • Unlimited participants at discount rates at face-to-face meetings
  • Participate in NFC Forum testing and Certification Program via their own in-house test labs
  • Note that the total number of Sponsor Members is currently limited to 17. To ensure balance across regions and sectors, Sponsor Member applications undergo review by the Board before acceptance.

Principal Member Benefits and Privileges

Principal Members (annual dues $25,000), companies seeking a strategic level of participation and influence, are entitled to:

  • Appoint a voting representative to the Technical, SIG, and Compliance Committees
  • Appoint a voting representative to each Working Group
  • Designate individuals to run for a position leading a Committee or Working Group
  • Propose initiatives and contribute to the development of Forum deliverables
  • Unlimited participants at discount rates at face-to-face meetings
  • Participate in NFC Forum testing and Certification Program via their own in-house test labs

Associate Member Benefits and Privileges

Associate Members (annual dues $10,000) monitor NFC Forum activities and are entitled to:

  • Participate as non-voting representatives in Working Groups
  • Receive deliverables, but do not influence the Forum’s technical direction
  • Designate individuals to run for a position leading a Working Group
  • Receive notification of and comment on proposed new Working Groups
  • Two participants at discount rates at face-to-face meetings

Implementer Member Benefits and Privileges

Implementer Members (annual dues $5,000) monitor NFC Forum ecosystem activities and are entitled to:

  • Access to the NFC Forum website (excluding Technical and Compliance Committee areas)
  • Eligible to serve in a leadership role in SIG Committee Working Groups and Sub-Groups
  • Participate in SIG Committee Working Groups
  • Attend Plenary meetings and SIG Committee Working Group and Task Force meetings
  • Access to final draft specifications during all-member review after Technical Committee approval
  • Participate at member rates in NFC Forum SIG-related events
  • One participant at a discount rate at face-to-face meetings

Startup – Implementer Member Benefits and Privileges

Startup – Implementer Members (annual dues $2,500) monitor NFC Forum ecosystem activities and are entitled to:

  • Dues of $2500 for up to two years for new member organizations with revenue under $5M USD that have incorporated within the past 5 years
  • Fulfill requirement to place NFC Forum logo on website
  • Access to the NFC Forum website (excluding Technical and Compliance Committee areas)
  • Eligible to serve in a leadership role in SIG Committee Working Groups and Sub-Groups
  • Participate in SIG Committee Working Groups
  • Attend Plenary meetings and SIG Committee Working Group and Task Force meetings
  • Access to final draft specifications during all-member review after Technical Committee approval
  • Participate at member rates in NFC Forum SIG-related events
  • One participant at a discount rate at face-to-face meetings

Non-profit Member Benefits and Privileges

Non-profit Members (annual dues $1,500) receive the same benefits as Associate Members, except that they are entitled to only one participant at a discount rate at face-to-face meetings. In order to join the NFC Forum as a Non-Profit Member, an applicant must be organized as a not-for-profit legal entity pursuant to applicable law and must provide the NFC Forum with appropriate evidence of such legal status upon applying for membership.

 

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