FIDO Alliance launches biometrics certificate programme
06 September 2018 15:57 GMT

The FIDO Alliance has announced its Biometric Component Certification Programme – calling it the first such Programme for the industry at large.

FIDO said the Programme utilizes accredited independent labs to certify that biometric subcomponents meet globally recognized performance standards for biometric recognition performance and Presentation Attack Detection (PAD) and are fit for commercial use.  

The FIDO Alliance aims to deliver several benefits to providers and users of biometric recognition systems through the new Biometric Component Certification Programme. Until now, due diligence was performed by enterprise customers who had the capacity to conduct such reviews.

This required biometric vendors to repeatedly prove performance for each customer. The FIDO Alliance Programme allows vendors to test and certify only once to validate their system’s performance and re-use that third-party validation across their potential and existing customer base, resulting in substantial time and cost savings. For customers, such as regulated online service providers, OEM’s and enterprises, it provides a standardized way to trust that the biometric systems they are relying upon for fingerprint, iris, face and/or voice recognition can reliably identify users and detect presentation attacks.

“The lack of standards has long been an issue in biometrics, forcing security professionals to ‘get deep in the weeds’ to not only understand the attributes that are important but subsequently evaluate vendors on those attributes. An unbiased Alliance-based certification Programme expedites solution evaluation for companies but also eases adoption by providing assurances to the C-suite of proper choice,” said Frank Dickson, research vice president, IDC.

“With biometrics being a popular option for mobile and web applications implementing FIDO Authentication, there is a growing need for those service providers to appropriately assess the risk of fraud from lost or stolen devices. While border control and law enforcement markets have mature assessment Programmes for their biometric systems, we were surprised that no such Programme existed for this rapidly growing consumer market,” said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance. “As an organization that is driven by our members’ real-world business requirements, and already experienced at delivering globally scalable high-quality certification Programmes, the FIDO Alliance was the organization our members chose to fill this gap in the market.”


The Biometric Component Certification Programme is open to all biometric authenticator subcomponents. Those vendors who achieve certification receive a Biometric Subcomponent Certificate to show they have passed the well-defined testing administered by the FIDO Alliance and accredited labs.