NFC Forum Certification Program FAQs

NFC Forum Certification Program FAQs2019-10-15T13:53:44+00:00

What is the NFC Forum Certification Program?

How long does it take for the for NFC Forum to review a certification application?2019-12-17T18:29:32+00:00

With the certification application you need to submit the relevant documents (usually provided by the Authorized Test Lab) that prove that your device has passed the certification tests. If all submitted documents have been verified to be complete and correct, you will receive your product’s approved certification certificate via email within five (5) business days. If the submitted documentation is incorrect or incomplete the NFC Forum Certification Administrator will contact you as soon as possible after the submission of the application.

What does Certification cost?2019-12-17T18:29:00+00:00

A schedule of the fees involved in Certification is located at the Certification Fees page. Note that the costs of the test in the NFC Forum Authorized Test Lab are not included in this schedule.

What is the NFC Forum Certification Mark?2019-12-17T18:28:28+00:00

The NFC Forum Certification Mark is an industry-facing logo that signifies global credibility and is an indicator that an implementation has met the standards of the NFC Forum Compliance Program. The NFC Forum Certification Mark may be used on product packaging, websites, sales materials, and documentation, to indicate that a product has met the standards of the NFC Forum Compliance Program. Use of the Certification Mark is granted to NFC Forum members once the NFC Forum Certification process is completed. See the steps to Certification to learn more. Read the Certification Mark Guidelines which describe how to use the Certification Mark correctly.

Can anyone certify products?2019-12-17T18:27:50+00:00

The NFC Forum Certification Program is open to NFC Forum members only. The NFC Forum has an entry-level Implementer membership targeted to companies that plan to implement the standards and certify products.

Will all certified NFC-enabled devices work together?2019-12-17T18:27:32+00:00

A certified device must comply with NFC Forum specifications, and this ensures a certain level of device interoperability, but certification does not guarantee that all certified devices will always interoperate successfully. Certification provides the foundation for device interoperability.

What does Certification mean?2019-12-17T18:26:59+00:00

A certified device has been tested by an NFC Forum Authorized Test Lab according to detailed protocols and has been found to comply with NFC Forum specifications, which ensures a level of interoperability among devices. Certification enables manufacturers to establish, by means of a top-notch testing process, that their products conform to the NFC Forum’s published specifications.

How does the Certification Program fit within the Compliance Program?2019-12-17T18:26:24+00:00

Certification is one part of the NFC Forum Compliance Program, which was established to encourage and facilitate development and increase market availability of products that exemplify high-level compliance with NFC Forum specifications, thereby assuring interoperability between manufacturers.

Together, the components of the Compliance Program form the foundation for a gold standard in NFC implementations and support the goal of achieving interoperability. By participating in the NFC Forum Compliance Program, NFC Forum members establish confidence and credibility in the technology for everyone in the value chain, enabling a flourishing NFC ecosystem.

The Certification Program is complemented by optional interoperability testing events called Plugfests, which are held once or twice a year in different regions across the globe. Plugfests are open to non-members of the NFC Forum, as well as to members. However, your organization must be a member of the NFC Forum to certify your product/solution.

The NFC Forum Plugfest events are designed to support early adoption of the NFC Forum specifications by providing a safe, real-world environment where NFC Forum Devices and test tool interoperability can be verified across manufacturers’ products.

The NFC Forum recommends that you attend Plugfests to test the interoperability of your products with other NFC-enabled devices, whether or not the device has completed the certification process.  Although optional, Plugfests are part of a comprehensive integrated effort that reduces risk and the investment required in adopting new technology.

What is the Certification Program and what is its purpose?2019-12-17T18:25:25+00:00

The NFC Forum Certification Program provides manufacturers with a means of establishing that their products conform to the NFC Forum Technical Specifications. Certification is granted through a top-notch testing process for implementations that meet NFC Forum Device* Requirements. By determining conformance, the Certification Program ensures consistency in the behavior of compliant devices, thereby setting the foundation for interoperability.

The Certification Program provides differentiation for NFC Forum members by shortening the product adoption process, lowering adoption costs, and making product implementations easier for partners to integrate.

*Note: There are different types of devices such as universal, reader/writer and tags.

Why Should We Certify Our Products?

How long does it take for the for NFC Forum to review a certification application?2019-12-17T18:29:32+00:00

With the certification application you need to submit the relevant documents (usually provided by the Authorized Test Lab) that prove that your device has passed the certification tests. If all submitted documents have been verified to be complete and correct, you will receive your product’s approved certification certificate via email within five (5) business days. If the submitted documentation is incorrect or incomplete the NFC Forum Certification Administrator will contact you as soon as possible after the submission of the application.

What does Certification cost?2019-12-17T18:29:00+00:00

A schedule of the fees involved in Certification is located at the Certification Fees page. Note that the costs of the test in the NFC Forum Authorized Test Lab are not included in this schedule.

What is the NFC Forum Certification Mark?2019-12-17T18:28:28+00:00

The NFC Forum Certification Mark is an industry-facing logo that signifies global credibility and is an indicator that an implementation has met the standards of the NFC Forum Compliance Program. The NFC Forum Certification Mark may be used on product packaging, websites, sales materials, and documentation, to indicate that a product has met the standards of the NFC Forum Compliance Program. Use of the Certification Mark is granted to NFC Forum members once the NFC Forum Certification process is completed. See the steps to Certification to learn more. Read the Certification Mark Guidelines which describe how to use the Certification Mark correctly.

Can anyone certify products?2019-12-17T18:27:50+00:00

The NFC Forum Certification Program is open to NFC Forum members only. The NFC Forum has an entry-level Implementer membership targeted to companies that plan to implement the standards and certify products.

Will all certified NFC-enabled devices work together?2019-12-17T18:27:32+00:00

A certified device must comply with NFC Forum specifications, and this ensures a certain level of device interoperability, but certification does not guarantee that all certified devices will always interoperate successfully. Certification provides the foundation for device interoperability.

What does Certification mean?2019-12-17T18:26:59+00:00

A certified device has been tested by an NFC Forum Authorized Test Lab according to detailed protocols and has been found to comply with NFC Forum specifications, which ensures a level of interoperability among devices. Certification enables manufacturers to establish, by means of a top-notch testing process, that their products conform to the NFC Forum’s published specifications.

How does the Certification Program fit within the Compliance Program?2019-12-17T18:26:24+00:00

Certification is one part of the NFC Forum Compliance Program, which was established to encourage and facilitate development and increase market availability of products that exemplify high-level compliance with NFC Forum specifications, thereby assuring interoperability between manufacturers.

Together, the components of the Compliance Program form the foundation for a gold standard in NFC implementations and support the goal of achieving interoperability. By participating in the NFC Forum Compliance Program, NFC Forum members establish confidence and credibility in the technology for everyone in the value chain, enabling a flourishing NFC ecosystem.

The Certification Program is complemented by optional interoperability testing events called Plugfests, which are held once or twice a year in different regions across the globe. Plugfests are open to non-members of the NFC Forum, as well as to members. However, your organization must be a member of the NFC Forum to certify your product/solution.

The NFC Forum Plugfest events are designed to support early adoption of the NFC Forum specifications by providing a safe, real-world environment where NFC Forum Devices and test tool interoperability can be verified across manufacturers’ products.

The NFC Forum recommends that you attend Plugfests to test the interoperability of your products with other NFC-enabled devices, whether or not the device has completed the certification process.  Although optional, Plugfests are part of a comprehensive integrated effort that reduces risk and the investment required in adopting new technology.

What is the Certification Program and what is its purpose?2019-12-17T18:25:25+00:00

The NFC Forum Certification Program provides manufacturers with a means of establishing that their products conform to the NFC Forum Technical Specifications. Certification is granted through a top-notch testing process for implementations that meet NFC Forum Device* Requirements. By determining conformance, the Certification Program ensures consistency in the behavior of compliant devices, thereby setting the foundation for interoperability.

The Certification Program provides differentiation for NFC Forum members by shortening the product adoption process, lowering adoption costs, and making product implementations easier for partners to integrate.

*Note: There are different types of devices such as universal, reader/writer and tags.

How Does the Certification Program Work?

How long does it take for the for NFC Forum to review a certification application?2019-12-17T18:29:32+00:00

With the certification application you need to submit the relevant documents (usually provided by the Authorized Test Lab) that prove that your device has passed the certification tests. If all submitted documents have been verified to be complete and correct, you will receive your product’s approved certification certificate via email within five (5) business days. If the submitted documentation is incorrect or incomplete the NFC Forum Certification Administrator will contact you as soon as possible after the submission of the application.

What does Certification cost?2019-12-17T18:29:00+00:00

A schedule of the fees involved in Certification is located at the Certification Fees page. Note that the costs of the test in the NFC Forum Authorized Test Lab are not included in this schedule.

What is the NFC Forum Certification Mark?2019-12-17T18:28:28+00:00

The NFC Forum Certification Mark is an industry-facing logo that signifies global credibility and is an indicator that an implementation has met the standards of the NFC Forum Compliance Program. The NFC Forum Certification Mark may be used on product packaging, websites, sales materials, and documentation, to indicate that a product has met the standards of the NFC Forum Compliance Program. Use of the Certification Mark is granted to NFC Forum members once the NFC Forum Certification process is completed. See the steps to Certification to learn more. Read the Certification Mark Guidelines which describe how to use the Certification Mark correctly.

Can anyone certify products?2019-12-17T18:27:50+00:00

The NFC Forum Certification Program is open to NFC Forum members only. The NFC Forum has an entry-level Implementer membership targeted to companies that plan to implement the standards and certify products.

Will all certified NFC-enabled devices work together?2019-12-17T18:27:32+00:00

A certified device must comply with NFC Forum specifications, and this ensures a certain level of device interoperability, but certification does not guarantee that all certified devices will always interoperate successfully. Certification provides the foundation for device interoperability.

What does Certification mean?2019-12-17T18:26:59+00:00

A certified device has been tested by an NFC Forum Authorized Test Lab according to detailed protocols and has been found to comply with NFC Forum specifications, which ensures a level of interoperability among devices. Certification enables manufacturers to establish, by means of a top-notch testing process, that their products conform to the NFC Forum’s published specifications.

How does the Certification Program fit within the Compliance Program?2019-12-17T18:26:24+00:00

Certification is one part of the NFC Forum Compliance Program, which was established to encourage and facilitate development and increase market availability of products that exemplify high-level compliance with NFC Forum specifications, thereby assuring interoperability between manufacturers.

Together, the components of the Compliance Program form the foundation for a gold standard in NFC implementations and support the goal of achieving interoperability. By participating in the NFC Forum Compliance Program, NFC Forum members establish confidence and credibility in the technology for everyone in the value chain, enabling a flourishing NFC ecosystem.

The Certification Program is complemented by optional interoperability testing events called Plugfests, which are held once or twice a year in different regions across the globe. Plugfests are open to non-members of the NFC Forum, as well as to members. However, your organization must be a member of the NFC Forum to certify your product/solution.

The NFC Forum Plugfest events are designed to support early adoption of the NFC Forum specifications by providing a safe, real-world environment where NFC Forum Devices and test tool interoperability can be verified across manufacturers’ products.

The NFC Forum recommends that you attend Plugfests to test the interoperability of your products with other NFC-enabled devices, whether or not the device has completed the certification process.  Although optional, Plugfests are part of a comprehensive integrated effort that reduces risk and the investment required in adopting new technology.

What is the Certification Program and what is its purpose?2019-12-17T18:25:25+00:00

The NFC Forum Certification Program provides manufacturers with a means of establishing that their products conform to the NFC Forum Technical Specifications. Certification is granted through a top-notch testing process for implementations that meet NFC Forum Device* Requirements. By determining conformance, the Certification Program ensures consistency in the behavior of compliant devices, thereby setting the foundation for interoperability.

The Certification Program provides differentiation for NFC Forum members by shortening the product adoption process, lowering adoption costs, and making product implementations easier for partners to integrate.

*Note: There are different types of devices such as universal, reader/writer and tags.