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The NFC Forum Certification Program confirms that your device, tag or reader is compliant with NFC Forum specifications. Conformance to the specifications provides consistency of behavior across NFC implementations and sets the foundation for interoperability.

For the first time, manufacturers can test and verify the performance of all key components of the NFC eco-system: handsets, NFC tags, and readers with NFC Forum Certification testing.

Learn more about the NFC Forum Certification Program by watching an overview webinar.

What member companies & liaisons are saying about the NFC Forum Certification Program

“This comprehensive certification program is a key milestone to NFC technology adoption that brings big benefits to users, by ensuring a consistent user experience, and suppliers like ST, by enabling product differentiation, carefree product introduction in the NFC ecosystem, and interoperability. As a sponsor member of the NFC Forum and an early supporter of the certification program, ST has moved aggressively, with several ST25 products in the certification process in the test labs.”

Sylvain Fidelis, Technical Marketing Manager , STMicroelectronics

“NFC technology is a key element to embed intelligence into products and make them “IoT-Ready”.  Hence, SMARTRAC fully supports the NFC Forum Certification Program to foster NFC as a simple, reliable and user-friendly way for consumers and businesses to enable and enhance the Internet of Things.”

Karin Fabri , SVP Marketing & Communications

“At Infineon we are convinced that based on NFC Forum’s standardization and certification efforts, we will see enhanced user experience in traditional contactless applications such as transport and payment. This will increase the number of contactless transactions using mobile phones, smart cards and smart wearables, as well as accelerate NFC adoption in emerging applications such as Automotive and Internet of Things. As the leading supplier of contactless payment, identification, and authentication solutions, Infineon is driving the adoption of NFC – by both standardizing the technology and developing its eco-system. Infineon’s SECORA Pay solution is today the only commercially available NFC Certified Type4B product that can be used for NFC Universal device and NFC Reader certifications by the NFC Forum and GSMA compliance programs. This helps the OEMs and the certification labs to ensure interoperability in present and future implementations. Furthermore, NFC forum’s certification program has enabled us to get approval on a whole set of Type 2, Type 4 and Type 5 tags in our my-d move, my-d vicinity and CIPURSE portfolios.”

Preeti Ohri Khemani, Director of System Engineering at Infineon and NFC Forum Vice Chairman, Infineon

“The NFC Forum Certification Program will help organizations to innovate and create products that offer consistent, compelling and connected user experiences across the entire NFC ecosystem of handsets, readers and tags.  The certification program will drive industry-wide interoperability with other devices ensuring that products do what customers want, when they want it.”

Stéphanie Pietri, Head of Marketing Communications, FIME

“Worldwide, a growing number of touchpoints based on NFC tags enrich the daily life of consumers. Compliance of NFC tags is essential to ensure the highest level of interoperability of tags, smartphones, and readers, and to offer a satisfying user experience. The NFC Forum Tag Certification Program establishes tag compliance and helps tag vendors and solution providers to deliver consistent, global connectivity across all applications and environments.”

Dr. Michael Jahnich, Director Contactless Test Solutions, Comprion

“AIPIA has been working to increase and accelerate the implementation of Active & Intelligent Packaging technologies for over 5 years. Great progress has been made, and one of the key drivers in this respect has been the rapid expansion of NFC tag capabilities, leading to more and more product applications and better consumer acceptance. The increasing number of smartphones in circulation, in addition to other NFC-enabled devices, can only mean this trend will continue. A tag certification program is a step in the right direction to bring more standardization to NFC tags and readers and will bring certainty and clarity for the stakeholders.”

Eef de Ferrante, Managing Director, Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association

Steps to Certify

  1. Join: Become a member of the NFC Forum to enjoy membership benefits and start the Certification process, if your organization is not already a member.
  2. Prepare: Familiarize yourself with the NFC Forum Certification Policy and Devices Requirements.
  3. Test: Determine which Authorized Test Lab meets your  product(s) testing needs and schedule your testing.
  4. Report: Once testing at an Authorized Test Lab is complete, accept the Certification Mark License Agreement, pay the one-time Certification Mark fee, pay Certification fees and agree to the NFC Forum Terms and Conditions during checkout.
  5. Apply: Assemble the package of all required Certification documentscreate an account, and submit your documentation online to the NFC Forum.
  6. Promote: Once certified, it’s recommended that you add the Certification Mark to your website, product (if appropriate), packaging and collateral (according to the NFC Forum Certification Mark Guidelines). The mark may be used upon acceptance of the NFC Forum Certification Mark License Agreement and a one-time fee per registered organization has been paid. Also, be sure to share your product certification news with your customers.
  1. Join: Become a member of the NFC Forum to enjoy membership benefits and start the Certification process, if your organization is not already a member.
  2. Prepare: Familiarize yourself with the NFC Forum Certification Policy and Devices Requirements.
  3. Test: Determine which Authorized Test Lab meets your test your product(s) testing needs and schedule your testing.
  4. Report: Once testing at an Authorized Test Lab is complete, pay certification fees and agree to the NFC Forum Terms and Conditions during checkout.
  5. Apply: Assemble the package of all required certification documentscreate an account, and submit your documentation online to the NFC Forum.
  6. Promote: Once certified, it’s recommended that you add the Certification Mark to your site, product (if appropriate), packaging and collateral (according to the NFC Forum Certification Mark Guidelines). The mark may be used upon acceptance of the NFC Forum Certification Mark License Agreement and a one-time fee per registered organization. Also, be sure to share your product certification news with your customers.

Certification FAQS

* If you have certified a product in the past, log in to your account. You do not need to complete the organization form again.

Top 4 Reasons to Certify with the NFC Forum Certification Program

Interoperability

Interoperability with other devices – Deliver a memorable user experience when your product works seamlessly with other products.

Quality Assurance

Quality assurance – confirmed compliance with NFC Forum specifications increases your customers’ confidence level and decreases the chance of customer service calls.

Product Differentiation

Product differentiation – Differentiate your tags, device or reader by certifying against NFC Forum specifications, which are the most broadly supported tags in the industry. This helps attract customers who prefer to purchase certified products.

Useful Metrics

Useful metrics – Come away from certification with test evidence that is preferred and/or required by other NFC Forum partner organizations.