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Image Register

The Hologram Image Register (HIR) is a secure registry of holographic images, established by the IHMA to safeguard hologram copyright and underpin the use of holograms in authentication and security printing.

 

In addition to registering the holograms they produce, IHMA members search the HIR before making a new hologram to help to prevent the accidental copying of an image.

To date, the HIR has helped to uncover and prevent several cases of attempted counterfeiting and many specifiers and users of secure holograms require these to be registered on the HIR.

 

Non-members

Also, the IHMA allows approved non-members to register holograms in the HIR, which follows an agreement from Intergraf and NASPO (the North American Security Products Organization).

Compliance with ISO 14298 Standard

To comply with their implementation of the certification for ISO’s new 14298 standard (which covers management of security print and security foil production), hologram producers must register all security holograms they produce in a global registry, which is the purpose of the IHMA’s HIR.

 

About the HIR

There are two parts to the HIR:   

Search 

Searching the HIR gives the producer the assurance that a planned hologram is an available design not in use by another organisation.

  • Searching is the method used to identify suspicious attempts to get a hologram copied. It results in notification that there is, or is not, a closely matching image registered.
  • If a match is revealed, procedures are implemented to ensure it is a legitimate copy, and if not, to identify the attempted fraudsters.
  • Only IHMA members and other authorised parties, including law enforcement agencies, may request a search.

The IHMA recommends that its members search the HIR at the time the hologram is being designed and originated.

This helps to ensure that the hologram image is not already in use and is the first step for the subsequent registration of the image.    

Registration 

Once an IHMA member registers a completed hologram with the HIR, they receive a certificate of registration.

  • This certificate is suitable for transmission to the end user of the hologram and bears a unique registration number.
  • Only members of the IHMA can register the holograms they originate or manufacture. Customers who want maximum protection should therefore choose a supplier which is a member of the IHMA.
  • Registering a hologram on the HIR establishes a record of who makes the hologram, when it was first made and who is using it. Therefore registration benefits the holder of the copyright in the hologram as well as the hologram user.
  • If there is an attempt to fraudulently copy the hologram this will be identified through searching the Register.

The IHMA has established procedures to distinguish between legitimate second sourcing and fraud attempts. This protects hologram users and benefits producers.

The IHMA urges that users should require that their supplier register their holograms.

The HIR was updated in 2015. Read more about this initiative

Quotes From IHMA Members

"We frequently receive customer inquiries who want to confirm our membership in the IHMA and to confirm we will register their image in the IHMA’s Hologram Image Registry. The customers see a value in having their custom images registered globally."

Mike Messmer
NovaVision


“The new on-line system requires much more information and while initially this was daunting and took a little extra time, once a routine was established it is in fact easier to complete and is more logical.  Also, the amount of information required does provide us with a greater degree of confidence that once registered, the CIB can more easily check for counterfeits or inadvertent copies, and that’s an important value for us."
 
Dr Paul Dunn
OpSec Security


“The new HIR system provide us to manage and view our company’s HIR database. Even we can reach to registration information which we registered since the beginning just easily login to system. In addition, the possibility to enter accurate and detailed information just using the system is very useful.”

Nuray Yilmaz
MTM Holografi Guvenlikli Basim ve Bilisim Teknolojileri San. Ve Tic. A.S

Further Resources

The Hologram Image Register Manual

This guide gives full details on the use of the HIR. It is only available to IHMA members and authorised organisations.

To request your copy, contact the Secretariat
 

Our Partners

The HIR is operated for the IHMA by the Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau, a division of the International Chamber of Commerce, a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation accredited by the UN.

The Register is operated in absolute confidence by the CIB. Neither IHMA members nor staff have access to the Register, thereby ensuring that commercial information is not compromised.

The CIB is based in secure premises in London, UK.