We use the International Civil Aviation Organisation's specifications on Passports and MRTDs (Machine Readable Travel Documents) as the benchmark for our durability testing of these documents over their intended 10 year lifetime. 

The physical tests conducted at Smithers on ePassports and MRTDs include: 
  • ePassport Pen Stress Testing at Smithers Abrasion
  • Artificial daylight (ISO 105 B-02)
  • Book bending
  • Delamination
  • Passport Impact Testing at Smithers Dynamic bending
  • Impact
  • Pen stress
  • Torsion
  • ePassports Dynamic Bending Testing at Smithers Social chemicals exposure, including saltspray (ISO 10373-1)
  • Sheet turning and sheet pull
  • Temperature stress
  • X-ray exposure (ISO-7816-1).

Our passport bending test machine at Smithers.
Our passport bend test machine at Smithers.

These are designed to replicate actual-use conditions, and our experts will help determine which tests are necessary for your requirements. 

All tests can be carried out in accordance with ICAO technical report "Durability of machine-readable passports", reference: ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC17/WG3/TF4, for which Smithers are UKAS ISO 17025 accredited.

Smithers is also able to test in accordance with ISO 18745-1, “Physical test methods for passport books (durability)”.

We continually make improvements to our laboratory facilities to ensure that we can offer the best level of service to a growing list of clients from all over the world. 

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