For those product developers who are seeking Compliance Certification with the NFC Forum, the following resources will help you prepare for testing. Comprised of a Certification Release (CR) of Test Cases with a companion Devices Requirements, developers along with their Test Lab partners can quickly navigate to market readiness.
As noted throughout this site, there are three paths for certification and you should clearly understand each prior to embarking on any one particular path.
These public-facing pages summarize the terms, conditions, and processes that are fully described in the NFC Forum Certification Policy which is updated from time to time by the Compliance Committee.
Certification Release 13
Authorized for use in Certification: February 2022
Devices Requirements: Version 3.1
Devices Requirements v3.1 enlarges the NFC Forum certification scope by extending certification offering, introducing specific market ecosystem device classes. This addition enables NFC Forum to offer the NFC Interface certification tailored for the needs of its partners. In order to meet the latest developments in the market NFC Forum introduces the NFC Mobile Device and the option to certify a device operating in reduced power mode.
Pricing, TCCL and Problem Reporting
Obtaining a NFC Certified Certificate is very affordable and in many cases is available at no cost. The business model of the NFC Forum is to assess a nominal per-use Test Case License Fee on testing services provided by either internal or external testing services.
NFC Forum Certified Certificates are provided $FREE to products that include a signed Test Report from an Authorized Test Lab
NFC Forum Certified Certificates are provided $FREE to products that include a signed Test Report from an Authorized Test Lab focused on analog testing.
Already NFC Certified Compliant products or subsystems that are being renamed or rebranded are $250.
First Party Labs
Sponsor or Principal Members can apply to host a 1st Party Test Lab internally. NFC Certified Certificates for products certified at a 1st Party Test Lab are accessed as one time $2,500 fee per product.
The fees described above are net of applicable taxes and duties which, where appropriate, will be payable in addition by the Supplier to the NFC Forum (or to the relevant tax authorities as applicable).
Test Case Category List
The Test Case Category List (TCCL) is a document that lists all the NFC Forum Test Cases applicable for certification and defines the group of test case that can be inherited.
Always ensure that the most recent version of the TCCL is used when submitting a product for NFC Forum certification. As of October 27, 2023, the Active Version is 4.04 available here.
Any applicant for certification may disagree with the reported result of a certification test, or an NFC Forum Test Laboratory may report an issue for clarification about the specifications, Devices Requirements, the Test Specifications, or the certification process and policy. In such case, a Problem Report is completed and submitted to the NFC Forum Certification Issue Resolution Panel (NCIRP), the body that is responsible for bringing the issue to resolution. As a result of its deliberations the NCIRP may issue an advisory.