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Suppliers - FAQs

Suppliers' frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to obtain the necessary EMV and card scheme approvals?

The EMVCo web site provides EMV certification costs. Additional approvals requirements and estimated costs are available in chip and PIN recommendations and guidelines that are available to suppliers what register on the web site.

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How do I get certified for chip and PIN?

It depends what products you supply and who you are selling to. You should obtain the document Guideline G6 - Certification Process Description describing the various certification processes run by EMVCo LLC, Owner of EMV specifications (EMVCo), the card schemes, acquirers and Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS) for Point-Of-Sale (PoS) devices and "Recommendation10 - PINpad Certification" as a minimum. These documents are available by registering with the Programme Management Organisation.

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When should I book for certification?

Each certification process has its own timescales - see the documents referred to above. However, as it is easy to underestimate the time required for certification - it is essential to start the process as early as possible and to book laboratory space as soon as realistic dates can be given.

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What is the timescale for the rollout?

The target is to have a high proportion of point of sale terminals converted by the end of 2004.

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What are the standards I need to meet?

There are separate and multiple standards applying to different components and services making up the end to end chip and PIN transaction process. You should visit for more information.

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