Prague08

ePassports EAC Conformity & Interoperability Tests
Prague, September 7th - 12th 2008

Summary of Physical Testing & Durability Paper

This paper traces the history of development of durability standards for travel documents, particularly passports, beginning with basic ISO test methods and ICAO Doc 9303 standards up to the present ISO Technical Report authored by ISO SC17WG3 TF4. It discusses important aspects of physical testing, and the relation between test results and actual circulation performance, including the changes in tests necessitated by the addition of the contactless chip to the basic passport structure.