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Electronic Signatures and Infrastructures Activities

September 2018 News

TC ESI is responsible for Electronic Signatures and Infrastructures standardization within ETSI.

What follows is the latest news on ESI activities.

In July 2018, TC ESI appointed a second vice-chairman, Mr Arno Fiedler, from Nimbus. He will work with the chairman, Mr Riccardo Genghini, eWitness, and the existing vice-chairman, Mr Nick Pope, from Thales. 


ESI works in collaboration will CEN TC 224 to provide standards for digital signatures.

A stakeholders' mailing list has been set up to provide regular news and updates on the progress of the execution of the mandate: Subscribe to the E-SIGNATURES_NEWS mailing list

Some draft deliverables are openly available (Draft deliverables) with specific periods for public review notified on the E-SIGNATURES_NEWS mailing list.

ESI deliverables aim at supporting Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 as well as supporting the general requirements of the international community to provide trust and confidence in electronic transactions.

Introductory documents

TR 119 000 v1.2.1 "The framework for standardization of signatures: overview" 
This TR is the enry point for the standards related to digital signatures. It describes the general structure for digital signature standardization and outlining existing and potential standards for such signatures.

TR 119 001 v1.2.1 on Definitions and abbreviations

Trust Service Providers Supporting Digital Signatures

More information on Certification Authorities (CAs) and other Trust Service Providers (TSPs) can be found on the TSP page.

  • TR 119 400 v1.1.1 on Guidance on the use of standards for trust service providers supporting digital signatures and related services
  • EN 319 403 v2.2.2: Requirements for conformity assessment bodies assessing Trust Service Providers 
  • New (July 2018) TS 119 403-2: Trust Service Provider Conformity Assessment;Part 2: Additional requirements for Conformity Assessment Bodies auditing Trust Service Providers that issue Publicly-Trusted Certificates 

    ongoing work TS 119 403-3: Requirements for Conformity Assessment Bodies assessing QTSP against eIDAS
  • EN 319 401 v2.2.1 (April 2018) General Policy Requirements for Trust Service Providers 
  • x19 411 Policy and security requirements for Trust Service Providers issuing certificates
    • EN 319 411-1 v1.2.2 (April 2018): General requirements 
    • EN 319 411-2 v2.2.2 (April 2018): Requirements for trust service providers issuing EU qualified certificates
    • TR 119 411-4 v1.1.1 (May 2018): Checklist supporting audit of TSP against ETSI EN 319 411-1 or ETSI EN 319 411-2
  • EN 319 421 v1.1.1: Policy and Security Requirements for Trust Service Providers issuing Electronic Time-Stamps
  • TS 119 441 v1.1.1 (NEW published on 31 August 2018) Policy requirements for TSP providing signature validation services
  • EN 319 412 Certificate Profiles
  • EN 319 422 v1.1.1 Time-stamping protocol and electronic time-stamp profiles
  • TS 119 442 (to be published towards end 2018) Protocol profiles for trust service providers providing AdES digital signature validation services

Work ongoing until end 2018: policy requirements for TSPs providing remote signature components and protocols for remote digital signature creation. 

Payment Services Directive (PSD2):

TS 119 495 defining Qualified Certificate Profiles and TSP Policy Requirements for Payment Services under the payment services Directive (EU) 2015/2366 (called PSD2) was first published in May 2018 and had a second publication in July 2018. As well, ETSI and Open Banking Europe organized a workshop "eIDAS meets PSD2" on 20 March 2018, an event on securing access to financial services with qualified certificates gathering 100 participants.

Signature Creation and Validation

TR 119 100 v1.1.1 on Guidance on the use of standards for signatures creation and validation

TS 119 101 v1.1.1 on Policy and security requirements for applications for signature creation and signature validation

Technical requirements

  • EN 319 102-1 v1.1.1 Procedures for Creation and Validation of AdES Digital Signatures; Part 1: Creation and Validation