Frequently Asked Questions

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Does a P2PE validated application also need to be validated against PA-DSS?

FAQ Response

The P2PE Standard does not require applications solely used in a P2PE solution to be validated to PA-DSS. As explained in the P2PE Program Guide, PA-DSS and P2PE are distinct PCI standards with separate requirements and programs, and validation against one of these standards does not imply or result in any validation against the other standard.

A P2PE application that is usedĀ outside a PCI-listed P2PE solution may also be subject to PA-DSS per the PA-DSS Program Guide requirements.


Whether an entity is required to use a PA-DSS validated application is determined by individual payment brand mandates, and not by PCI SSC. For information about payment brand requirements for use of PA-DSS validated applications, please contact the payment brands directly. Payment brand contact details can be found in FAQ How do I contact the payment card brands?.

February 2018
Article Number 1261