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Driving global document standards and interoperability

Mountbatten Room
Tuesday, 26 June



Do we get harmonized breeder documents? The new CEN/TC 224/WG 19 and its work program
Andreas Wolf, Convener, CEN TC224 WG19 Breeder Documents, Bundesdruckerei, Germany

Breeder documents are the fundamental building blocks for all ID documents issued, based on their data content, and on the confidence one may have in their authenticity. In the past, several projects have investigated the need for interoperable and harmonized breeder document and proposed possible solutions, at least on a European scale. Two of them are the EU funded projects FIDELITY and ORIGINS. Based on the project results, CEN (European Committee for Standardization) created the new standardization group, TC224 WG19, dealing with breeder documents. The group was assigned the task to develop a Technical Specification on secure and interoperable European breeder documents within the next two years. The WG Convener will discuss several topics contained in that document, including data structures, formats, harmonized content, and different physical or virtual appearances. Process management related topics and, in particular, issuance and verification will also be considered.

  • Breeder Documents as basis for all ID documents – current needs;
  • The new standardization group CEN TC224 WG19;
  • CEN/TS ‘Personal identification – Secure and interoperable European Breeder Documents’.  

eMRTD interoperability: where are we?
Antonia Rana, Scientific Officer, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy

Interoperability test events are necessary to assess the capability of communicating devices to implement specifications correctly, and their ability to fulfil required functional operations. For electronic machine readable travel documents (eMRTDs), interoperability events permit eMRTD producers to have their documents tested for conformity by conformity test labs, and enable document verification system producers to test their implementation of the specifications against a range of different chip implementations. 


  • An interoperability test event generally has two components:
  • Conformity test;
  • Cross-over test.

In September 2017, the European Commission organised an interoperability test event at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra. The following scenarios were investigated:

Evaluation of conformity of submitted eMRTD to the ICAO specifications [REF-SPEC] following the test specification ‘ICAO Technical Report RF  Protocol and Application Test Standard for e-Passport’, Part 3 (version 2.10) [REF-TEST-SPECS] and;

Verification of the readability of submitted eMRTDs on different verifications systems (inspection systems) and assessment of the eMRTD behaviour in a regular inspection process.

In this speech we will provide an overview of the results and lessons learned from the preparation and outcomes of the event.


  • eMRTD quality is improving.
  • What about inspection systems?
  • How to improve certificate quality?

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