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The Biometrics Institute was founded in July 2001 responding to an industry need for an independent and impartial international forum for the sharing of knowledge and information about biometrics and to provide best-practice guidance around the responsible use of biometrics.

The organisation is unique in that it has been set up as a user group with a majority of user members such as government departments and organisations using or planning to use biometrics running the association. The organisation's constitution requires the majority of the Board of Directors, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman to be user representatives. The Biometrics Institute has been set up to give more voting rights to its user and government members. Nonetheless, the Biometrics Institute encourages vendors of biometric and other related products and services to join as members. 

The primary members are government and users of biometric services and products, with other membership categories for vendors.The members are from around the world including amongst others Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Heathrow Airport, Department of Labour - Immigration New Zealand, UK Home Office, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Singapore, Safran and Unisys.

It represents over 200 organisation (over 900 individuals) from 24 different countries (as at February 2017)

The Biometrics Institute has offices in London and Sydney.