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Supporting Templates – Service Provider Approval

Application Package 

1) Initial Application Package.

The applicant should 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 and specific criteria therein they believe are applicable to their service (please see Kantara Classes of Approval).

Purpose: This stage is the Assurance Review Board’s (ARB) first formal notification of the Service Providers’s (SP) intentions to have their service assessed and is the ARB’s opportunity to ensure that, prior to any assessment commencing, the SP understands what is expected of them, that they have accepted their obligations through the appropriate agreements, that the service is, in principle, suitable for Approval by Kantara, subject to the service being found conformant to the applicable criteria, and that an appropriate set of criteria have been identified and which align to the description of the service.

Initial Application Package: The collection of documentation required to make an initial application to Kantara to have a service registered and to be able to engage an Accredited Assessor for the performance of an Assessment. Documents: Application for Service Approval; Outline Specification of a Service Subject to Assessment (S3A); Outline Statement of Conformity (SoC). PLEASE SEE DOCUMENTS BELOW

Next steps: 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.

2) Approval Package. Apply for Kantara Approval following the Assessment by an Accredited Assessor

Approval Package: the collection of documentation required to apply for Kantara’s Approval of a registered service following its Assessment and a finding of conformity. Applicant submits the full approval package, including, Kantara Assessor’s Report (KAR), completed Statement of Conformity (SoC), detailed Service Subject to Assessment (S3A) and updated application form. PLEASE SEE DOCUMENTS BELOW

Read More: Service Approval Handbook 


Application for Service Approval – ASA
1 file(s)
  • To Submitting CSPs: The Application for Kantara Service Approval form is the first item to complete as part of your process towards being granted an Approval for your Service(s). This application is provided to you in editable format for download and completion.
Kantara Assessor Report – KAR
1 file(s)
  • The Kantara Assessor’s Report, KAR, (pro forma) sets out the required format and contents for a Kantara-Accredited Assessor’s Report to the Applicant (and ultimately the ARB) on its findings following an assessment of the Applicant’s service against the selected SAC set(s) and version(s) identified in the report.
Statement of Conformity – SoC
1 file(s)
  • Please refer to Classes of Approval to indicate which Service Assessment Criteria (SAC) is applicable.
  • Required by the Specification of a Service Subject to Assessment (S3A).
  • The SoC has to be completed according to the type of service the SP wishes to have approved and not all criteria in its selected SAC will necessarily apply.
  • Applicants may create their own SoCs, but Kantara provides all SAC as XLS worksheets which can be used as the basis for the SoC and allow for i) the specification of the criterion tag; ii) how the criterion is fulfilled, and iii) the source(s) of evidence.
Service Description – S3A
1 file(s)
  • The Specification of a Service Subject to Assessment (S3A) serves to describe a service being submitted to Kantara for Approval under its Trust Framework Operations Program, for both initial application and subsequently for formal Approval of the subject service. It is a pro forma intended to be presented in the Applicant’s house style, as their own document.
IAF Trademark License Agreement – TMLA
1 file(s)
Trust Mark License Agreement (TMLA) 1.0