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Levels of Membership

GlobalPlatform offers five levels of membership:

Full Membership - Annual Fees: $30,000
Full Members take an active role in the leadership of GlobalPlatform and in the development of the GlobalPlatform Specifications for cards, devices and systems. Full Members are entitled to assign representatives to participate on each technical committee, the GlobalPlatform Advisory Council and within each task force. They may nominate one representative for election to the Board of Directors and may put forward candidates for consideration as technical committee chairs. Full Members have heavily weighted voting privileges at both committee and Board level, and may attend all-member meetings. Full Members are proactively encouraged to leverage GlobalPlatform's marketing, PR and speaker program, via a range of tactics designed to help promote their GlobalPlatform compliant solutions and deployments. Full Members have access to the member-only website to attain privileged information and documentation.


Participating Membership - Annual Fees: $24,000
Participating Members focus their contributions on a specific area of GlobalPlatform's infrastructure. They are entitled to participate in one of the technical committees, addressing either card, device or systems technology. Participating Members have weighted voting privileges and may nominate candidates for consideration as chair of their chosen technical committee. They are additionally invited to participate on the GlobalPlatform Advisory Council and within each task force and may attend all-member meetings. Participating Members are also encouraged to extend their organization's reach by leveraging GlobalPlatform's marketing and PR program. Participating Members have access to the member-only website to attain privileged information and documentation.


Observer Membership - Annual Fees: $12,000
Observer Members do not play an active role in any of the technical committees, but are entitled to stay informed of developments within the organization through participation in the Advisory Council and within each task force. They may submit proposals for evaluation by the GlobalPlatform Advisory Council and may attend all-member meetings. Observer Members are not eligible for voting privileges and may not put forward candidates for committee chair positions or for Board elections. Observer Members have access to the member-only website to attain privileged information and documentation.


Public Entity Membership - Annual Fees: $6,000
Public Entity Members share the same membership rights as Observer Members. This level of membership applies to not-for-profit organizations in the public sector, such as governments (federal, state or provincial), educational institutes and legal entities pursuant to the applicable law of the organization.


Consultant Membership - Annual Fees $1,500
Consultant Members share the same membership rights as Observer Members. This level of membership applies to small companies whose business is consulting, not solutions or product development. The number of company employees must not exceed five, while the number of smart card experts must not exceed three.


To apply to become a GlobalPlatform member, please read the following legal bylaws and IPR policy, complete and return the membership agreement:

The completed and signed membership agreement can be scanned and emailed to GlobalPlatform. Alternatively, it can be faxed to the GlobalPlatform Secretariat on +1-650-260-2389.

New members joining after 31 October within the current fiscal year will pay prorated fees based on the month that a signed membership agreement is received by GlobalPlatform.

All membership inquiries can be sent to GlobalPlatform.