The Japan-based payment scheme JCB has issued an update of its requirement program for Contactless IC terminal approval tests. The new version of the document has been released on the 1st of August.
It describes the submission processes for initial and renewal approval of compliant EMV payment terminal with JCB specifications. The main changes in the document are related to clarifications on the renewal process.
Renewal testing requirements
The purpose of renewal testing is to demonstrate that the contactless kernel inside an approved payment terminal still meets sufficient conformance with the current specifications.
JCB reviews the ICS of the embedded kernel and decides if renewal testing process is needed. If it considers that the product shows sufficient compliance then an extension of approval is granted for 3 years. Otherwise the device must undergo a series of tests to prove compliance with the current test plans.
The renewal testing session shall be scheduled at the same laboratory that performed initial testing of the product. The set of renewal tests is performed using the same sample device as initial type approval, provided that the device stored at the laboratory is still functional.
Terminal providers shall send the renewal request within 6 months prior to the end of the approval validity period, and shall ensure that the device has at least a valid EMV Contactless L1 LoA (if it is contactless only capable).
How to ensure the renewal of terminal approval
It is crucial for POS providers to perform internally the appropriate testing campaigns prior to submitting the device to renewal process.
Alcinéo has all the the tools identical to those used in laboratories, in order to perform the required testing campaigns in-house for our customers. Either for initial TTA or renewal testing, our team of highly-qualified ISTQB testers can perform tests cases related to EMV contact and contactless kernels, and the full suite of contactless kernels (including but not limited to : MCL, PayWave, ExpressPay, DPAS, Interac, JCB, CUP).