The ADVP represents businesses that carry out electronic validation of identity documents.  It was formed in January 2018 with the stated mission to promote the wider use of risk based electronic validation of identity documents across the public and private sectors.

The trade body currently has over 20 industry member providing identity document checks across the public and private sector to support:

  • Right to Work (“RtW”), Right to Rent (“RtR”), Right to Study (“RtS”) checks
  • Know Your Customer (“KYC”), Anti Money Laundering (“AML”)
  • Counter fraud
  • Security

What does the ADVP do?

  • Contribution to guidance, policy, inspections based on practical experience dealing with clients across multiple sectors
  • Provide visibility on latest validation technology and suitability and performance for differing risks and operating environments
  • Data and intelligence gathering and sharing, for example as input to cost benefit analysis where appropriate
  • Increased awareness in support of central and local government initiatives and programmes
  • Provide a single point of contact of industry expertise for interested government and non-government bodies

Identifying relevant legislation and policy reviews

It is imperative that the ADVP identify any existing or forthcoming reviews of legislation and policy that may affect its priority areas of work.  Close contact with the organisations such as those listed above help facilitate this important aspect of the trade body’s work.

Sector analysis and data sharing

There are currently 23 member companies providing electronic validation solutions to a range of sectors. These include:

  • Immigration, including right to work; right to rent; right to study
  • Police forces
  • Local Authorities
  • The Health Service
  • The Construction Sector
  • Financial Services relating to KYC and AML solutions.

Much of the influence the ADVP brings to bear in its areas of focus with all agencies it interacts with, will be created by the sector analysis it is able to provide to support its position.  The number and types of false identity documents found across its areas of work could be very important in some of the legislation/policy reviews it gets involved with.

Once the scope of data that can be collected is known, the resulting analysis where possible, is shared with relevant agencies in exchange for reciprocal information that could enhance the service of the ADVP members.

Regular contact with Amberhill and other intelligence gathering teams / agencies across the ADVP areas of interest considerably help this aspect of the trade body work.