Acquiring host validation testing

New acquiring host connections to a payment network must be validated according to payment network requirements. Host validation is typically required prior to terminal integration certification and the transition to production.

FIME provides technical services to perform host validation testing on behalf of acquirers. Our consultants can help you get into production quickly and efficiently with test plan optimization and ‘on-behalf’ host validation testing performed at your test location.

​Test project outsourcing

The validation project for an acquirer host can be a lengthy project. There are new rules and process to obtain, understand and implement for every new payment network connection added and it may be challenging to locate the right expertise to execute your project.

When you outsource your project to FIME you can be confident. We have provided host validation test services to acquirers around the world for many years and our expertise has been established through hands-on practice.

​Project optimization and testing

This technical service is performed by a FIME EMV consultant according to the host validation test plan supplied to you by the payment network.

The FIME test consultant will:

  • review the test plan, align it as appropriate to the transaction profiles you aim to support and optimise project testing
  • ensure the test environment is correctly set up and perform testing
  • identify and diagnose arising test issues and direct/advise your IT staff on issue resolution

​Service options

  • Brands: Mastercard, Visa
  • Transaction profiles: Magnetic stripe, EMV Chip (contact and contactless)
  • Terminals: ATM, POS
  • Processing: Authorisation, Clearing
  • Test types: Online, Offline