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This section contains bulletins and other important announcements on chip-related topics. To view the confidential announcements in this section, you must be registered and subscribed to the Visa Technology Partner website. To view licensed only documents, you must also complete a license agreement.

Bulletins
Chip Bulletin #13: EMV Contactless Communication Protocol Specification TestingLicensed
Published: May-16   
Clarifies that approval testing can also be performed to the newer versions of EMV CCPS that have subsequently been published, and to provide approval testing migration dates for consumer mobile handsets.
Chip Bulletin #15: Sunsetting of Visa VSDC Applet 2.7.1Licensed
Published: Oct-09   
Announcement of the sunsetting of Visa VSDC Applet 2.7.1. Explains Visa’s decision to encourage movement to products supporting the latest versions of the VIS (1.5) and VCPS (2.1) specifications
Chip Bulletin #16: Specifications and Applets - Availability and SunsettingLicensed
Published: Jun-18   
Outlines Visa's current offerings and plans for sunsetting older specifications and applets.
Chip Bulletin #17: Chip Card Products - Revised Renewal and Approval PolicyLicensed
Published: Jan-15   
Visa policy covering continued use of a product that has been removed from the Visa Approved Products List.
Chip Bulletin #18: Visa VSDC 2.7.1 Applet – qVSDC New Card CheckLicensed
Published: May-10   
The Visa VSDC 2.7.1 applet does not perform the qVSDC New Card check as specified in the Visa Contactless Payment Specification 2.0.2 Additions & Clarifications 3. Issuers or card personalizers using the Visa VSDC 2.7.1 applet for dual-interface card products should not personalize their cards to use this check.
Chip Bulletin #21: Global Contactless Interoperability Rules RevisedPublic
Published: Oct-12   
This bulletin overrides Chip Advisory 18. To align client development timelines with Chip Acceleration Plan that Visa announced in August 2011, Visa Operating Regulations related to Visa payWave products and acceptance devices have been revised. This was announced via VBN in December 2011, however Chip Advisory 18 was not updated to reflect the changes, thus we have created Chip Bulletin 21.
Chip Bulletin #23: Testing Availability for Updated SpecificationsLicensed
Published: Oct-12   
The VIS and VCPS specifications were updated a few months ago. This bulletin is to let the vendors know that updated test plans are now available and they can submit their new products developed to VIS v1.5.4 and VCPS v2.1.2 to the test labs.
Chip Bulletin #24: Testing Products Developed to Visa Global Platform Specifications Licensed
Published: Nov-12   
For vendors as a reminder to provide clarification on the change that is effective 1-1-2013 as it relates to card products that have been developed to the Visa Global Platform Specifications.
Chip Bulletin #25: Sending Contactless Test Cards, Dual Interface Test Cards and Contactless Test Stickers to Visa for Cross-TestingLicensed
Published: May-13   
To notify vendors and test labs of a process change regarding the submission of contactless test cards, dual interface test cards and contactless test stickers for Visa cross-testing.
Chip Bulletin #26 - Availability of VSDC 2.8.1T Payment AppletPublic
Published: Feb-13   
This bulletin announces the availability of the VSDC v2.8.1T payment applet.
Chip Bulletin #28: Managing Inventory of Expiring VSDC 2.7.1 Chip Card ProductsLicensed
Published: Feb-15   
Chip Bulletin #29: Secure Element and Applet Mobile Product Approval PolicyPublic
Published: Oct-13   
An extract of the Mobile Specifications and Applets Sunset Plan, describes the current Visa product approval policy for Secure Elements and Applets used in Visa payWave for Mobile deployments.
Chip Bulletin #31: Mobile Secure Elements - Revised Renewal and Lifecycle Management PolicyPublic
Published: Mar-15   
This bulletin announces Visa's secure element lifecycle management policy that is effective 1 June 2015. This new policy will be replacing the existing secure element renewal policy.
Chip Bulletin #32: Sunset of MSD-only Contactless Reader TestingPublic
Published: May-15   
This bulletin announces that Visa Approval Services will no longer accept MSD-only contactless readers for testing.
Chip Bulletin #33: Host Card Emulation (HCE) TestingPublic
Published: Jun-15   
This bulletin communicates the availability of testing for Host Card Emulation (HCE) enabled handsets.
Chip Bulletin #34: Misapplication of Common AID Outside USLicensed
Published: Nov-15   
Recent reports in LAC indicate that some ATMs across Latin America have been erroneously programmed to accept U.S. Common AID, leading to transaction termination and confusion for U.S.-issued Debit cardholders.
Chip Bulletin #35: Contactless ATMsPublic
Published: Nov-15   
ATM vendors are reminded that Visa payWave enabled ATMs deployed in Visa Inc. and Visa Europe must meet the requirements outlined in the Transaction Acceptance Device Guide v3.0, Appendix G Contactless ATM Requirements, and that not all VCPS or EMV Contactless Book C-3 kernels may be able to meet the requirements outlined in that document.
Chip Bulletin #36: Card Lifecycle Management PolicyLicensed
Published: Dec-15   
Effective 1 January 2016 Visa is introducing a revised, holistic approach to card lifecycle management that takes into account the entire period from approval of the base chip until the date the final card using the product expires in the field.
Chip Bulletin #37: New VSDC AppletsLicensed
Published: Dec-15   
This bulletin announces the availability of the VSDC 2.8.1G applet. It also outlines the features of this applet and the forthcoming VSDC 2.9 applet.
Chip Bulletin #38: New VSDC 2.9 AppletLicensed
Published: Jun-16   
This bulletin announces the availability of the VSDC 2.9 card payment applet.
Chip Bulletin #39: Mobile Specifications and Applets - Availability and Sunsetting  NEWLicensed
Published: Nov-18   
Outlines Visa's current mobile offerings and plans for sunsetting older specifications and applets.
Chip Bulletin #40: Battery Powered Dynamic CVV2 (dCVV2) Cards Accepted for Approval Subscriber Only
Published: Oct-16   
Visa announces support for dynamic CVV2 cards and outlines the process for card product approval.
Chip Bulletin #41 New CDET 2.3-Revision A Required by 1 March 2018Subscriber Only
Published: Feb-18   
Visa is extending the use of CDET 2.2 until 28 Feb 2018. Following that date version2.3-revision A will be required.
Chip Bulletin #42: U.S. Processor Express Program Will Be Updated for Dual Interface CardsSubscriber Only
Published: Mar-18   
Visa will introduce a new pricing structure and new profiles for the Issuer Processor Express Program.
Chip Bulletin #43: VSDC Applet Version 2.8.1G or Equivalent Strongly Recommended for Dual Interface IssuanceLicensed
Published: Dec-17   
Visa strongly recommends the use of Visa Smart Debit/Credit 2.8.1G applet or an equivalent vendor proprietary applet with comparable functionality for any US dual interface issuance
Chip Bulletin #44: VCPS 2.2 Update List #3  NEWLicensed
Published: Dec-18   
Visa Contactless Payment Specification (VCPS) 2.2 Updates List #3 (VCPS 2.2.3) has been published. VCPS 2.2.3 approval testing is scheduled to be available in labs on February 28, 2019. VCPS 2.2.1 and 2.2.2 are being sunset and no approval testing will be offered for either of those updates lists.
Advisories
Chip Advisory #17: Visa payWave: PAN Sequence NumberLicensed
Published: Oct-10   
Describes how the PAN Sequence Number (PSN) should be personalized on VCPS 2.1.x card applications to ensure inclusion of the PSN in VCPS 2.0.2 devices online and clearing messages.
Chip Advisory #19: "Dynamic Authentication" does not mean "DDA" (US Region)Public
Published: Oct-11   
Clarifies the distinction between Dynamic Authentication and DDA for US Region.
Chip Advisory #20: Visa Recommended Practices for EMV Chip Implementation in the U.S.Public
Published: Jul-12   
Recommended practices for issuers, acquirers, merchants, processors and vendors in the process of planning, adopting and implementing chip technology programs in the U.S.
Chip Advisory #22: Updated Policy - Chip Devices with Expired EMV ApprovalsPublic
Published: Feb-12   
Updated policy: Addresses testing and deployment of devices with expired EMV approvals.

This section contains Approval Services only bulletins through July 2012. Please see section above for Bulletins published after that date.

Approval Services Announcements
ASA20181030 - VSDC 2.8.1G and 2.8.1G1 Applets FAQ  NEWLicensed
Published: Oct-18   
Approval Services releases an FAQ for the VSDC 2.8.1G and 2.8.1G1 Applets
ASA20181029-1 - Release of the Visa Biometric Card Specification 2.0a R01 Test Plan Package  NEWLicensed
Published: Oct-18   
Approval Services announces the release of the Visa Biometric Card Specification 2.0a R01 Test Plan Package
ASA20181029-2 - Release of the VMCPS 144a R01 Test Plan Package and Broker Test Plan v1.0 R01 Package  NEWLicensed
Published: Oct-18   
Approval Services announces the release of the VMCPS 144a R01 Test Plan Package and Broker Test Plan v1.0 R01 Package.
ASA20181023 - Changes to the Number of Card Samples Submitted for Cross Testing  NEWLicensed
Published: Oct-18   
Approval Services announces changes to the Number of Card Samples Submitted for Cross Testing
ASA 20181019 - Chip Card Acceptance Device Renewal Policy Changes  NEWLicensed
Published: Oct-18   
Approval Services announces updates to its renewal policy for chip card acceptance devices.
ASA20180806 - Updates on the Chip Card Questionnaire, Exhibit A Request for Testing and Single Batch Confirmation FormsLicensed
Published: Aug-18   
Approval Services announces the availability of an updated Chip Card Questionnaire and Exhibit A Request for Testing forms and the release of the Single Batch Confirmation Form.
ASA20180730 - VCPS Contactless Interference Testing for DevicesLicensed
Published: Jul-18   
Approval Services clarifies test evaluation criteria based on the requirements stated in the Visa Chip Approval Note released on October 2016.
ASA20180314 - Approval Services NewsletterLicensed
Published: Mar-18   
Focus on Customer Centric Engineering
Updates to ASA20171009 Checksum Implementation Guidelines for the Visa Application Kernel Module in Chip Acceptance DevicesLicensed
Published: Jan-18   Version: 1.0
Approval Services announces updates to existing ASA20171009 Checksum Implementation Guidelines for Visa Application Kernel and changes to the effectivity dates.
ASA20180108 - Automated Device Interoperability Testing (Cross Testing) Process Mandate for Chip Acceptance Device ProductsLicensed
Published: Jan-18   
Approval Services announces the mandate of automated device interoperability testing for Chip Acceptance Device Products
ASA20171218 - Notice To Accredited Laboratories Re: Services Provided From Non-Accredited SitesLicensed
Published: Dec-17   
All Visa Recognized Laboratories may promote their services from Visa-accredited sites only.
ASA20171009 Checksum Implementation Guidelines for Visa Application Kernel v1.0Licensed
Published: Oct-17   Version: 1.0
Approval Services announces the Checksum Implementation Guidelines for Chip Acceptance Device testing and approval submissions.
ASA20170920 - Approval Services NewsletterLicensed
Published: Sep-17   
Focus on Vendor Engagement
ASA20160715 - Reduced Sample Testing for GlobalPlatform CardsLicensed
Published: Jul-16   
Introduces Reduced Sample testing approach for GlobalPlatform chip card products supporting VIS 1.6 UL1 and VCPS 2.2.
ASA20150801 - Contactless Card Performance RequirementsLicensed
Published: Aug-15   Version: August 2015
Contactless performance requirements for contactless cards using a 1152 bit ICC key size.
ASA20180906 - Approval Services NewsletterLicensed
Published: Sep-18   Version: Summer 2018
Focus on Vendor Engagement
ASA20180502 - SDK Interface Standardization GuidelinesLicensed
Published: May-18   
Approval Services announces availability of an updated SDK Interface Standardization Guidelines for Automated Interoperability Testing
ASA20180502 - VCAS Device Submission RequirementsLicensed
Published: May-18   
Approval Services announces updates to existing ASA20180108 Automated Device Interoperability Testing (Cross Testing) Process Mandate for Chip Acceptance Device Products
ASA20180502 - VCAS Validation Tool ReleaseLicensed
Published: May-18   
Approval Services announces the availability of the Visa Cross Testing Automation Specification validation tool.
ASA20180515 - VTS Compatibility Requirements for Secure ElementsLicensed
Published: May-18   
Visa Token Services (VTS) Compatibility Requirements for Secure Element Products.