"Standards for the collection, storage, and sharing of biometric data are of utmost importance to government and private systems. This paper provides an entry-level understanding of how biometric standards are developed and the current status of biometric standards by answering the following questions:  What are biometric standards?  Why are biometric standards important?  What types of biometric standards are there?  Who develops standards?  How are standards developed?  What is conformity assessment?  Is the use of biometric standards mandatory or optional?  Where do I find more information about a specific standard?"
Biometrics Catalog: http://www.biometricscatalog.org