eIDAS means "electronic identification, authentication and trust services" and originates from a regulation that took effect in July 2016. The goal of the regulation is to ensure a safe and easy interaction between companies, citizens and public institutions. With eIDAS, standards have therefore been created for the validity of e-signatures and e-identification, which ensures that a digital contract and identification is as valid and legal as a manual or physical contract conclusion is.
The eIDAS regulation ensures that all EU countries can accept all electronic documentation and identification from other European member states and therefore also that the member states themselves must establish an electronic documentation and identification method with an associated list of qualified trusted service providers.
EIDAS was recognized by the European Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 23 July 2014) as being the general standard for electronic identification and security of electronic transactions.
eIDAS was introduced and adopted to ensure trust and security in the EU for all electronic signatures, both across countries and services. In connection with the introduction of eIDAS, some requirements have been made, which you as an electronic signature provider must meet:
- The signature must be unique.
- The signature can be traced back to the signer.
- With the signature, it must be possible to identify the signatory.
- The signature is created using data stamp, where the signer is attached to that data. It is made in such a way that any subsequent change of the data / documents can be detected.
Visma Addo complies with all relevant requirements and technical standards in connection with eiDAS and digital signatures. Digital signatures with Visma Addo meet all technical requirements defined for an eIDAS QES / AES (Qualified e-signatures and Advanced e-signatures) and are therefore as binding as a signature made with pen on paper.
You can read more about the eIDAS regulations here: https://www.eid.as/