The eIDAS regulation (EU) No.910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market was adopted in 2014 by the European Parliament and came into effect on 1 July 2016.
Electronic trust services guarantee secure and legally valid electronic transactions. They include:
- Electronic signature, i.e. the electronic equivalent of a written signature
- Time stamping, i.e. the date and time on an electronic document which proves that the document existed at a point-in-time and that it has not changed since then
- Electronic seal, i.e. the electronic equivalent of a seal or stamp which is applied on a document to guarantee its origin and integrity
- Electronic registered delivery, i.e. a service that, to a certain extent, is the equivalent in the digital world of registered mail in the physical world
- Website authentication, i.e. trusted information on a website (e.g. a certificate) which allows users to verify the authenticity of the website and its link to the entity/person owning the website
- Legal admissibility of electronic documents to ensure their authenticity and integrity
The eIDAS Regulation introduces the principle of non-discrimination in the legal effects and admissibility of electronic documents in legal proceedings, and ensures that they work across borders. It is only by providing certainty of the legal validity of all these services, that businesses and citizens will confidently go digital.
The eSignature Directive, the legal instrument preceding eIDAS, has been repealed and new rules introduced at EU level under eIDAS Regulation have the objective of removing existing barriers to the cross-border use of electronic identification means in Member States for public services.
Supervision Scheme, Notification Process and Fees
Information on the national supervision system applicable to qualified trust service providers and the qualified trust services they provide as regulated by Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 can be found in:
- E-Commerce Act
- Notification Form to provide Signature Certification Services
- Electronic Trust Services Notification and Fees Regulations
Trusted Service List
General information about trusted lists under Regulation (EU) No 910/2014
- Building online trust and confidence: Electronic signatures, seals and trust services now valid throughout EU
- Questions & Answers on Trust Services under eIDAS
- Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market and repealing Directive 1999/93/EC