eIDAS: Unlocking the Potential of Secure and Legally Binding Electronic Transactions in Europe
Apr 24, 2023
In today's digital age, where a large part of our lives is spent online, the importance of secure and reliable digital identification cannot be understated. With the rise of digital transactions and the increased dependence on online services, the need for a trustworthy and standardized digital identification system has become more important than ever before. This is where the eIDAS regulation comes in, which stands for "Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services".
What is eIDAS?
eIDAS is a regulation established by the European Union that governs electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the EU. The primary objective of eIDAS is to create a single market for digital services across the EU by providing a common legal framework for electronic identification, authentication, and trust services. The regulation was introduced in July 2014 and became fully effective in July 2016.
One of the key benefits of eIDAS is that it provides a single set of rules for electronic identification across the EU. This means that individuals and businesses can use their electronic identification across borders and different sectors eliminating the need for businesses and individuals to use multiple identification systems when they operate across borders, which can be time-consuming and costly. The main aim is to promote the use of electronic identification and trust services in the public and private sectors, thereby contributing to the EU's digital single market strategy.
In addition, eIDAS regulation establishes rules and standards for electronic transactions and trust services, including electronic signatures, seals, timestamping, electronic registered delivery services, and website authentication. It also sets out the requirements for qualified trust service providers (QTSPs), who are authorized to issue electronic certificates and provide other trust services.
Overall, the eIDAS regulation represents a significant step towards harmonizing digital interactions and promoting cross-border e-commerce within the EU.
How can DEKRA support you?
Since June 2017, DEKRA is a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) accredited ISO 17065 by ENAC for the issuance of eIDAS compliance certificates for trusted service providers. DEKRA has extensive experience in conducting compliance audits and the generation of the subsequent Conformity Assessment Reports (CAR) and Certificates that are recognized by the Spanish supervisory body located at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation. Although each supervisory body in a country member has its own internal procedures, the reports and certificates issued by an eIDAS accredited CAB are recognized within the EU.
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