eIDAS Regulation

Qualified Trust Services designed to offer enterprises a variety of solutions to meet the eIDAS regulation

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What is eIDAS and What Does It Mean for Your Business?

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services) is a EU regulation designed to provide consistent standards across the European Union for electronic identities and trust services. Introduced by the European Commission in 2016, eIDAS ensures that electronic transactions are secure, no matter where they take place.

There are various types of signatures and seals available, each offering different levels of assurance , legal validity and security. It is important to use the right signing solution based on your needs and we are here to help you make the right decision for your business.

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How Can Qualified Trust Services Help Organizations Comply with the eIDAS Regulation?

Whether you’re based in the EU or planning to expand your business and conduct cross border transactions within the EU, you must be ready to fully comply with stringent European standards for identification and trust, such as eIDAS.

Under eIDAS, qualified certificates can only be issued by a Qualified Trust Service Provider (QTSP). GlobalSign is proud to be recognized across the UK and EU Member States as a QTSP.

  • Authentication - Enables secure online identity verification for eIDAS compliance
  • Timestamping - Offers trusted timestamping to verify data integrity and time-stamping for non-repudiation
  • Electronic Seals - Allows organizations to create Qualified Electronic Seals with qualified certificates for document authenticity and integrity
  • Electronic Delivery - Ensures secure, compliant electronic document delivery
  • Legal Recognition - Guarantees EU-wide legal recognition of electronic signatures and seals
  • Standards Compliance - Qualified Trust Service providers adhere to eIDAS standards for technical and operational compliance
  • Cross-Border Transactions - Ensures secure and standardized cross-border electronic transactions within the EU
  • Audit Trail - Qualified Trust Service providers maintain robust audit trails and documentation for regulatory compliance

Qualified Trust Services for Every Business

Regardless of your industry or company size, choosing GlobalSign for your qualified trust services is the best way to avoid compliance fines and stay on the cutting edge when it comes to your company’s security.

  • Advanced vs Qualified

    One of the most common questions for eIDAS is 'What's the difference between advanced and qualified electronic signatures?' Both advanced and qualified signatures are based on digital signature technology, and each signature type offers varying levels of security and has different applications.

  • Qualified Electronic Signatures
    & Seals (QSS)

    Qualified signatures and seals offer the highest level of assurance for the eIDAS regulation, and can only be issued by a QTSP. Each signing identity is verified and issued a qualified certificate, which is stored and deployed via a Qualified Signature Creation Device (QSCD).

  • Qualified Trust Seals
    by DSS

    Through GlobalSign’s Digital Signing Service, Qualified Trust Seals enable organizations to automatically seal internal documents with a qualified level of identity trust.

  • Qualified Website Authentication Certificates (QWACs)

    A QWAC is a type of qualified certificate suitable for the eIDAS regulation. A QWAC must be provided by a Trust Service Provider (TSPs) and are issued under stringent verification rules to assure the highest possible identity assurance.

  • Qualified Electronic Seals

    QSealsCs are used on organizational or corporate bodies to seal all data and transaction requests. By 'sealing' the communication, the authenticity and integrity of the data is protected has not changed since it was originally created.

  • Qualified Timestamping

    Timestamps provide record-keeping information, which can be used as legal evidence. Trusted timestamping certificates can only be issued by a CA. Examples of uses; online contracts, legal documents, electronic payment records or invoices.

Read our Guides on eIDAS and eIDAS 2.0

Whether you want to brush up on the basics of eIDAS, or discover how digitalization is driving adoption of electronic signatures services within the EU and UK, these eBooks will walk you through the most common FAQs and how the regulation impacts businesses and our everyday lives.

Read our guide to eIDAS​​​​


Discover eIDAS 2.0


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GlobalSign's Qualified Trust Services are designed to offer enterprises a variety of solutions to meet the eIDAS regulation. Talk to us about your compliance needs today.

  • Meet eIDAS regulations with a range of qualified trust solutions
  • Scalable deployment options support businesses of all sizes
  • GlobalSign is a Qualified Trust Service Provider (QTSP) in both the EU and the UK