Scheme Information

The present list is the ‘Trusted List of supervised/accredited Certification Service Providers’ providing information about the supervision/accreditation status of certification services from Certification Service Providers (CSPs) who are supervised/accredited by the United Kingdom for compliance with the relevant provisions of Directive 1999/93/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 1999 on a Community framework for electronic signatures.

The Trusted List aims at:

The Trusted List of a Member State provides, as a minimum, information on supervised/accredited CSPs issuing Qualified Certificates in accordance with the provisions laid down in Directive 1999/93/EC (Article 3(2) and (3), 3.2 and Article 7(1)(a)), including, when this is not part of the QCs, information on the QC supporting the electronic signature and whether the signature is or not created by a Secure Signature Creation Device.

The CSPs issuing Qualified Certificates (QCs) listed here are supervised by the UK and may also be accredited for compliance with the provisions laid down in Directive 1999/93/EC, including compliance with the requirements of Annex I (requirements for QCs), and those of Annex II (requirements for CSPs issuing QCs). The applicable ‘supervision’ system (respectively ‘voluntary accreditation’ system) is defined and must meet the relevant requirements of Directive 1999/93/EC, in particular those laid down in Article 3(3), Article 8(1), Article 11 (respectively, Article 2(13), Article 3(2), Article 7(1)(a), Article 8(1), Article 11).

Additional information on other supervised/accredited CSPs not issuing QCs but providing services related to electronic signatures (e.g. CSP providing Time Stamping Services and issuing Time Stamp Tokens, CSP issuing non-Qualified certificates, etc.) are included in the Trusted List at a national level on a voluntary basis.

Specific information on the underlying supervision/accreditation scheme(s), in particular:

Supervision of CSPs established in the UK and issuing QCs to the public

As implemented by Regulation 3 of the Electronic Signatures Regulations 2002, the supervision of CSPs issuing QCs is currently the responsibility of Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS).

For further information, see their website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/electronic-signatures

National voluntary accreditation scheme applicable to any CSP issuing QCs

tScheme provides the UK’s national voluntary accreditation scheme applicable to any CSP issuing QCs

The process followed by tScheme to approve (‘accredit’) CSPs and by the CSPs being approved (‘accredited’) can be found here.

The information about the criteria against which CSPs are approved (‘accredited’) can be found here.

Supervision of CSPs not issuing QCs to the public

There is no supervision of CSPs that are either not issuing QCs to the public or are not established in the UK

National voluntary accreditation scheme applicable to any CSP not issuing QCs

tScheme provides the UK’s national voluntary accreditation scheme applicable to any CSP not issuing QCs

The process followed by tScheme to approve (‘accredit’) CSPs and by the CSPs being approved (‘accredited’) can be found here.

The information about the criteria against which CSPs are approved (‘accredited’) can be found here.