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Bio-metric Devices Testing and Certification

Bio-metric Devices Testing and Certification

The objective of Testing and Certification of Biometric Devices for UID project is to facilitate availability of quality assessed Biometric Devices to enrolment and authentication agencies. This certification scheme provides confidence that certified devices are reliable, safe, secure and meet the requirements.

Benefits of Certification

The main aim and objective of the scheme is to provide confidence to the user of the biometric devices that the certified devices are reliable, safe, secure and meet the requirements. At present the scheme covers fingerprint image scanners, Iris camera for enrollment and authentication devices.

This objective is attained by ensuring the biometric device suppliers are empanelled based on the following:

  • Suppliers are capable to supply Biometric Devices which meet the technical specification of UIDAI.
  • Suppliers have adequate systems and resources to support the implementation and usages of the devices by enrolment agencies which include but are not limited to training on process to enrolment agencies personnel, calibration and maintenance of devices.

In addition to subjecting biometric device to various tests, following demonstrable controls on device level, manufacturer level and supplier level will also be verified:

  • The devices are designed, manufactured and delivered to meet the technical requirements of UIDAI. Final test report and release note of the devices are available on demand.
  • The devices are manufactured at a facility having established Quality Management System (QMS).
  • Supplier has a system to provide confidence in the distribution and maintenance of devices.

Why to Choose STQC?

  • A team of competent Professionals qualified as per international requirements.
  • Use of international applicable standards (preferably ISO std.).
  • Established test methodology and objective evaluation criteria.
  • Repeatable, reproducible, and reliable test results.
  • Grant of “Provisional Certificate” after obtaining minimum level of confidence based on:

I. Test results/ test reports from internal/ external test laboratories.

II. Conducting limited test (high risk category)

III. Certificates of conformity/ approval pertaining to device/ management system (processes) to provide confidence that scheme objectives will be met.

  • Grant of “Certificate of Approval” after testing the biometric devices for:

1. Hardware testing covering:

I. Device Feature Testing

II. Environmental Testing

III. Image Quality Testing

2. Software testing covering

I. End-to-End biometric system including Device, VDM, and Software Application

3. Analyzing STQC test results and other certifications previously obtained by manufacturers and suppliers.

  • Sustained assurance through surveillance/ monitoring during operational.

Certification Process

FRR Testing :

Important Notices:

Presentations on FRR Workshop dated 22nd Dec 2015

a.Capability approval IRIS in mobile

b.Common API for UIDAI Certified Biometric Devices

c.FRR Test Programme

d.Requirements of Liveliness and Fake Finger Detection Test

e.Registered Devices Dec 2015

1. Scheme for Certification of UIDAI Biometric Devices (Authentication)

A note on Usage of UIDAI Common API Doocument ver 1.0, Feb 2015

a. Finger Print Authentication Devices Certification Scheme( Issue-1, Nov 2011) :

b. IRIS Authentication Devices Certification Scheme (Issue 01, Sept 2013) :

2. Scheme for Certification of Biometric Devices (Enrollment)


Certification Agreement for Biometric Devices (Enrollment/Authentication)67 KBapplication/pdf icon

List of Certified Biometric Devices as on 01.07.2020339.71 KBapplication/pdf icon


Contact Us:

Name and Designation Address Phone/Email/Fax
Sh. Suresh Chandra, Director
Biometric Devices Certification

STQC Directorate
Ministryof Electronics and Information Technology,
Electronics Niketan, III Floor, 6,CGO Complex,
Lodi Road,
New Delhi - 110 003

Phone:011 - 24301382, 24364878
Email:suresh AT
Fax:011 - 24363083