Recognising the importance of international standards in facilitating quality products and international trade, the IHMA has been active in the International Organisation for Standards (ISO) since 2008.
The Association has also participated in standards development with the European Federation of Graphics Associations (Intergraf) and the North American Security Products Organisation.
Through these organisations, the IHMA has contributed to the drafting of several standards published in the last few years. These standards, with a note of their relevance to hologram producers, are (in chronological order):
CWA 14641: Security Management System for printers and suppliers. A European standard applied by Intergraf around the world, for which the IHMA wrote the Security Hologram Addendum so that hologram companies can become certified as security producers.
ISO 12931: Performance criteria for authentication solutions used in the field of material goods, which is obviously important to hologram producers who supply holograms for product and brand protection.
ISO 14298: Management of security printing (and security foil production) processes. This standard, published in 2013, will replace CWA 14641.
Drafted mainly by Intergraf, NASPO and the IHMA, it specifies the steps that security printers and hologram manufacturers should follow to ensure that their processes are secure. Intergraf and NASPO both have certification auditors for this standard which require that, as a part of their risk reduction processes, hologram producers should use a hologram register to check the availability of proposed designs and to register their holograms.
At present this means the IHMA’s HIR as there is no other hologram register operating.
ISO 17901-1: Methods of measuring diffraction efficiency and associated optical characteristics of holograms
ISO 17901-2: Methods for measurement of hologram recording characteristics
These two parts of ISO 17901 give detailed methods for the measurement of key characteristics of holograms.