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Service Provider Approval

High Level View of the Kantara Service Provider Approval Process


CSP Service & other Service Provider approval process phases

The process shown below apply to the following applicants seeking to gain Kantara Service Approval: Credential Service Providers, Identity Proofing & Verification Service Component Providers, Credential Management Service Component Providers and other applicable Service Provider.

1) Design & Build The Identity Service, which includes policy practice and technologies. Might be in development, implementation or full operation. May or may not initially conform to the Kantara IAF requirements, specifically the Service Assessment Criteria

2) Read Kantara Classes of Approval and Service Approval Handbook

3) Contact Kantara & Become a Kantara Member  Join Kantara

4) Complete the implementation of the Identity Service in a way that meets the requirements of the Kantara IAF.

5) Apply for Approval – Initial Application 

The Applicant shall submit an Initial Application Package, essentially to introduce themselves and their service to Kantara, defining the scope and nature of their service, and other essential information, including which Service Assessment Criteria (SAC) and specific criteria therein they believe are applicable to their service.

Fill out the below:

Submit the complete documentation to secretariat at

(**) Send these documents to your Contract Review Team as soon as possible.

6) Be Assessed & Address Findings. Assurance Review Board accepts the initial application and applicant selects and engages a Kantara Accredited Assessor.

Applicant completes a Detailed S3A to define the assessment scope.

Accredited Assessor conducts assessment relative to appropriate Service Assessment Criteria. Accredited Assessor produces a Kantara Assessor Report (KAR). Applicant works with the Assessor to address non-conforming service areas

7) Applicant submits to the Secretariat the full approval package, including, KAR, completed Statement of Conformity (SoC), detailed S3A and updated application.

8) Kantara Evaluation & Decision. Assurance Review Board (ARB) evaluates material, seeking clarification if needed. ARB makes a recommendation to the Kantara Board of Trustees to Approve License Grant, Approve License Grant with Conditions or Deny License Grant.

9) Kantara Board of Directors (BoD) ratification. BoD makes a decision based on the ARB recommendation.

10) Grant of License. If Approved, the Applicant enters the process to formalize the Grant of License to use the Kantara Initiative Identity Assurance Framework Trademark.


Service Provider CSP Approval process at a glance


List of Kantara Approved CSPs Kantara Trust Status List