Near Field Communications (NFC) Working Group

The Near Field Communications Working Group was officially closed on 2015-04-10.
Note that there is the Web NFC Community Group that works on a Web-based NFC API specification for Web Browsers.

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As defined in its charter, the mission of the NFC Working Group is to develop a standard API for Web applications to access NFC devices.


The scope of the API work is defined in the initial Working Group Charter.

Specification Internal draft Public Working draft Stable draft (Last Call) Implementors feedback (CR) Standard (Rec) Test Suite Notes
Active work
NFC API maintained on GitHub
(old API)
14 Jan 2014 Q2 2014 Q4 2014

Note that at the Chair's discretion, the work may be split across multiple deliverables.

See also the list of the Near Field Communications published Technical Reports.


If you are employed by a W3C Member and want to join this group, please ask your Advisory Committee Representative to nominate you to the group as explained in the relevant instructions.

If you are not employed by W3C Member and have specific expertise to bring to this group, the said instructions explain how to get Invited Expert status.

See the list of current participants.


Most of our work is done via email, and teleconferences will only be arranged on as needed basis. Our first such call will be on 24 June 2013 at 15:00-16:00 CET (9-10am EST). The call will be hosted on the Zakim teleconference bridge: +1.617.761.6200 (VoIP: code TBD IRC channel #nfc on port 6665 (Web IRC client).

Please note that attendance of NFC WG teleconferences is restricted to registered WG participants and persons invited by the chairs.

On each call please register attendance in IRC using

Present+ firstName_lastName

and please update the information on which caller you are. For example, if you are noted as +1-781-555-aaaa, use

zakim, aaaa is yourHandle

if you are ??P5 then use

zakim, ??P5 is yourHandle

You can obtain agenda and bridge information with /Topic at any time from within IRC.


These are kept on the mailing list.


The main communication channel for this group is the publicly archived mailing list <>.

Member-confidential messages and logistical discussions can be addressed to the member-only archived mailing list <>

Patent Policy

This group operates under the W3C Patent Policy - see its Patent Policy status for more details.