eHerkenning was initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The aim is to enhance administrative efficiency and stimulate reduction of administrative burdens for businesses. To bring this about, the Ministry has commissioned experts and private suppliers to develop robust authentication and authorisation solutions by reusing tried and tested tokens and tools.
eHerkenning is a standardised login system which enables organisations to make their services accessible online and securely to companies, civil servants and consumers. Users log in to a web service using their eHerkenning token, which allows them to manage their affairs online.
eHerkenning will check whether the person who is utilising a service is actually who he says he is, but also whether this person is authorised to act. This means that organisations always know who they are dealing with and whether that person is authorised to act
eHerkenning can only be used for authentication.