Biometrics Standards

A biometric is a physical or behavioural feature or attribute that can be measured. It can be used as a means of proving that you are who you claim to be, or as a means of proving without revealing your identity that you have a certain right.

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International Standards

International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)

1, Ch. de la Voie-Creuse, Case postale 56, CH-1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland.
Tel: +41 22 749 0111; Fax: +41 22 733 3430

Committees and Working Groups:

ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 37/WG 3 - Biometric Data Interchange Formats

ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 37/WG 6 - Cross-Jurisdictional and Societal Aspects of Biometrics

National Standards in Europe

United Kingdom

British Standards Institute (BSI)

389 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4AL, United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 20 8996 9000; Fax: +44 20 8996 7001
Email:; Web:

Committees and Working Groups:

IST/44 - Biometrics
Chairman: Dr Peter Waggett; Secretary: Annie Cassidy

Other National Standards

United States of America

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Public Inquiries Unit, NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1070 Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-1070, USA.
Tel: +1 301 975 6478
Email:; Web:

Committees and Working Groups:

NIST/BC Biometric Interoperability, Performance and Assurance Working Group

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