GlobalPlatform announced that it will align its Compliance Program for validating secure elements with the mobile payments certification structure of EMVCo, the EMV standards body owned by American Express, JCB, MasterCard and Visa.
Launched in 2011, GlobalPlatform’s Compliance Program confirms that a secure element will perform as outlined in the GlobalPlatform Specifications. According to GP, the program aids in the creation of a globally interoperable and secure multi-application environment through ensuring functional consistency across all secure elements.
For secure elements based on the GlobalPlatform Specification and that have received the organization’s Letter of Qualification, EMVCo will undertake the required tests to validate the Application Activation User Interface. According to GlobalPlatform, this ensures that the end-user can easily select their preferred payment provider via the mobile handset screen.
EMVCo will continue to manage its own Security Evaluation Process, which certifies that the SE meets the required payment security standards.
The final certification stage will be carried out by individual payment schemes – as is the process today for chip-enabled payment cards – to certify that their respective payment application is ready for market release.