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The mission of NASPO International is to: develop national and international security standards and to support those standards through education, auditing, certification . 

NASPO is an ANSI-accredited standards development organization based in Washington, D.C. Its members include Fortune 500 companies, commercial, industrial, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

"Minimum security requirements for security documents" Approved as an American National Standard

On October 3, 2014, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has published the approval of the NASPO developed standard "Minimum security requirements for security documents". This standard is the result of a consensus process of document experts, users and general interest. The Document Security Alliance (DSA) also provided critical support through the use of the DSA Glossary as a source of security technology definitions.

This standard is unique in its approach to creating secure documents. Based upon a risk assessment for a class of documents, the standard takes the user through a process of the evaluation of the security risks for each class of document, the vulnerability resistance of each security technology, and the minimum vulnerability resistance requirements. The process provides a flexibility in the selection of technologies to address the level of risks for each class of documents.

By using a risk based approach the standard brings together the recognition of the need for security technologies and the capabilities of the technologies to treat the specific risks. It also recognizes that security technologies provide different functions in the treatment of risks thus requiring a layered approach to document security.

To safeguard the documents the standard also establishes minimum requirements for the production and distribution of security documents through the use of standards and best practices.

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Published ISO standards

ISO 16678:2014 - “Guidelines for interoperable object identification and related authentication systems to deter counterfeiting and illicit trade"

ISO 12931:2012 - "Performance criteria for authentication solutions for anti-counterfeiting in the field of material goods" 

ISO 14298;2013 "Graphic technology -- Management of security printing processes"


Standards in development under ISO TC 292 Working Group 4

ISO 18641 "Fraud countermeasures and control - Terminology"

ISO 19998 "Requirements for the content, security and issuance of excise tax stamps"

ISO 19564 "General Principles - Product counterfeiting control"

ISO 20229 "Security and resilience - Guidelines for establishing interoperability among object identification systems to deter counterfeiting and illicit trade."


Certified NASPO members maintain a high level of compliance to the operational protocols of one of three levels.These certifications ensure that any brand owner, product manager, or customer needing security products or services can ascertain that a NASPO member company is certified to operate within its classification. Members will be certified on an annual basis by NASPO qualified auditors, who conduct on-site audits at the members' facilities. There are presently third companies and thirty-eight plants who have achieved certification. In addition, seven plants have been certified under ISO 14298:2015.



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