Spanish Official Gazette authorizes video identification to get Qualified Certificates

The Official Gazette of April 1, 2020 includes Royal Decree-Law 11/2020, of March 31, by which complementary urgent measures are taken in the social and economic field to deal with COVID-19.

Its eleventh additional provision includes “Provisional measures for the issuance of qualified electronic certificates”.

The text of this provision is as follows:

While the state of alarm last, as was decreed by Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, the issuance of qualified electronic certificates will be allowed in accordance with the provisions of article 24.1.d) of Regulation (EU) 910/2014, of July 23, regarding electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market. To this end, the supervisory body will accept those methods of identification by videoconference based on the procedures authorized by the Executive Service of the Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Monetary Offenses (SEPBLAC) or recognized for the issuance of qualified certificates by another Member State of the European Union. The equivalence in the security level will be certified by a conformity assessment body. The certificates thus issued will be revoked by the service provider at the end of the state of alarm, and their use will be limited exclusively to the relations between the holder and the public administrations.

TCAB, Trust Conformity Assessment Body has already carried out audits of this type for entities that provide video identification services. The first one was to Electronic Identification, S.L.

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