This part of ISO/IEC 7816 specifies
- a description and coding of the life cycle of cards and related objects;
- a description and coding of security attributes of card related objects;
- functions and syntax of additional interindustry commands;
- data elements associated with these commands;
- a mechanism for initiating card-originated messages.
This part of ISO/IEC 7816 does not cover the internal implementation within the card and / or the outside world.