Notes on the development of ISO 14298

Security printing has changed dramatically over the past decades. New technologies have emerged and security features have grown in complexity to deter fraud and combat counterfeiting. Yet some problems have grown larger, posing serious threats to both our industry and society as a whole –
forged identity and travel documents facilitating illegal border crossings, counterfeit currency passing into worldwide circulation and false identities created from fake birth certificates, to name but a few.

Banknotes and identity documents are becoming ever more sophisticated, but so is counterfeiting. Security printers and their suppliers cannot afford to stand still. Closing gaps and keeping ahead of the counterfeiters on a global level remains a constant challenge.

For this reason, the CWA 14641 standard, which included requirements for security management system for security printers, was launched in 2003 as part of a mission to promote and protect the interests of the security printing industry. 

Marc Been
Marc Been convenor of WG 10

In 2010 ISO/TC130/WG10 was established to develop a generic worldwide accepted ISO standard for security printers to secure the supply chain and to succeed CWA 14641. Together with technical experts from all over the world the standard ISO 14298, management of security printing processes, was developed with one goal in mind: to provide security printers and their customers with a solid framework for managing all security printing processes. The standard sets requirements from logical security to physical security and to supply chain assurance, to guarantee a high level of security across all operations and processes, eliminating risks for customers and their products.

After the introduction of ISO 14298 in 2013 the decision was taken to go for a minor revision of the standard in 2019. After a successful process a revised version of ISO 14298 was published in August 2021. Currently over 155 production sites within the security printing industry are certified under the standard which was developed by ISO/TC130/WG10.

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