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QuoVadis Celebrates Adoption of eIDAS Acts
21 Sep 2015

Leading European certificate authority QuoVadis celebrates the adoption of the major implementing acts for eIDAS, the regulation designed to facilitate secure cross-border electronic transactions in a European Digital Single Market.

The new eIDAS Regulations overhaul the old 1999 EU Directive on Electronic Signatures, focusing on a broader array of electronic identification (eID) and electronic trust services (eTS). eIDAS was published as Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 in August, 2014.  MEP Marita Ulvskog , the eIDAS Rapporteur during the legislation process, digitally signed the Regulation on behalf of the European Parliament using a Qualified digital certificate issued by QuoVadis.

Many of the eIDAS provisions will take effect in July, 2016 when eIDAS will repeal the existing e-signatures Directive and automatically replace inconsistent national laws in Europe.

“Although the main thrust of eIDAS is to ease cross border transactions for e-Government services, QuoVadis believes it will play a key role in in shaping private sector adoption,” said Roman Brunner, CEO of the QuoVadis Group. “As the only Qualified Certification Service Provider (CSP) accredited in multiple European countries under the old regime, QuoVadis is moving ahead quickly to seek accreditation under the new Trust Service Provider (TSP) categories of eIDAS.”

Founded in 1999, QuoVadis has operations in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. In addition to its role as a leading global provider of TLS/SSL certificates and managed PKI, QuoVadis is an existing Qualified CSP with a focus on eID and digital signature solutions in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland.

While previously the accreditation regimes focused on certification authority (CA or CSP) operations, under eIDAS Trust Service Provider accreditations cover an expanded set of “building blocks” for secure online transactions, including e-signature, e-seal, time stamping, e-registered delivery services, and website authentication.

“The European countries have been early adopters of electronic transactions, and eIDAS is real achievement in harnessing those national experiences into the first consistent regional legal framework,” continued Mr. Brunner. “With our experience serving both multinational corporations and governments across Europe, we welcome the improved clarity and flexibility of eIDAS for cross border use of electronic identification and trust services.”

The new eIDAS implementing acts cover eID (interoperability framework and levels of assurance) and eTrust Services (advanced electronic signatures and seals and national Trusted Lists). The next step is for EU Member States to transform their supervisory bodies under eIDAS, so that service providers like QuoVadis can seek the TSP accreditations under the new regime.

About QuoVadis
Founded in 1999, QuoVadis is a leading global CA with operations in Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, and Bermuda. QuoVadis Trust/Link provides a wide range of managed PKI and custom CA services, with secure web portals for customers to register and manage their certificate populations, as well as advanced web services to facilitate integration into customer environments. QuoVadis sealsign digital signature software allows customers to enable electronic signatures in different contexts while complying with technical standards and local laws.

A longstanding member of the CA/Browser Forum, QuoVadis is independently audited for compliance to key international standards for its security processes and infrastructure. This includes accreditation as a Qualified Certification Services Provider (CSP) in several countries, along with the WebTrust seals for Certification Authorities, Baseline Requirements, and Extended Validation.

In addition to its eID work for Dutch PKIoverheid and SuisseID, QuoVadis has maintained customer relationships for many years across many industry verticals. Customers include ABN/AMRO, Credit Suisse, Zurich Insurance, e.on, Migros, Novartis, Bristol Myers Squibb, Bank of Ireland, Swatch, TYCO, TomTom, GDF-Suez, and many more.