This working group has been closed down by the end of 2023 with the publication of the updated specifications.


The REFEDS Assurance WG was established in 2016 to address the needs in Research & Education (R&E) of defining a minimal degree of identity and authentication assurance. After successful community consultations, the first version of the REFEDS Assurance Suite was published in 2017 and 2018, being comprised of the REFEDS Assurance Framework (RAF), the REFEDS Single Factor Authentication Profile (SFA) and the REFEDS Multi Factor Authentication Profile (MFA).

Although the REFEDS Assurance Suite specification is, in itself, considered as complete, there are various aspects which still remain unaddressed. An informal report (Work in Progress) addressing these aspects has been drafted which is accessible here:

The goal as of 2021 of this working group is to

To participate in the group please sign up to the mailing list. There is also a slack channel in the eduGAIN space ( #assurance)


  • Kyle Lewis (2023)

Earlier chairs

  • Jule Ziegler (2020-2022)
  • Mikael Linden (2016-2018)

Chair MFA Subgroup

  • Fredrik Domeij (2021-2023)

Regular WG Calls

Regular biweekly Assurance WG Calls will continue in 2021. They start as of January 14, 2020 at 16 CET, UTC+1 (even calendar weeks). All calls has ended due to that the working group has concluded it work.

Meeting notes are captured in gdoc.

Work Items

Ideas for work items for the group:

  • Engage with eduGAIN service task for assurance test capabilities within eduGAIN Attribute Release Check (
    • At the same time NIH is also building a testing tool
  • Investigate NIST 800-63 ver. 3 requirements on Identity Assurance (IAL) and decide about providing a second version of REFEDS RAF
  • Revisit MFA Profile
  • Finalize logos for Assurance, R&S, CoCo specifications


The following terms apply to all REFEDS Working Groups:

  1. When a working group is agreed, REFEDS Participants will be asked if they wish to participate. Working Groups tend to be small, so consensus can be achieved quickly between participants.
  2. A chair for the group is chosen from the REFEDS Participants.
  3. GEANT association provides facilities for the working group, including meeting support, wiki space, mailing lists and, where appropriate, funding.
  4. An appropriate output from the group is produced. Currently, this is typically a draft white paper or a wiki page.
  5. When the Working Group is in agreement, the chair shares the outputs with the wider REFEDS community with an open period for discussion and comment. This is typically a period of 4 weeks, but may be longer if appropriate.
  6. After this period of time, the REFEDS Steering Committee signs off on the work item. Work is either written up as a formal white paper, left on the wiki but promoted as finished work or occasionally submitted as an Internet Draft.


Previous Public Consultations

Previous working documents (all work is concluded)

Working group calls

Current meeting notes (since 2020) are captured here:

Earlier calls

Pilot calls


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